Everybody talks about coming to Southern Africa to see the “big five” wild animals. I honestly had to look it up. Those five are: Lion, Elephant, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros and Crocodile.
I don’t know who came up with this list, but it’s pretty good marketing. These are the animals people think of when they think of game drives and safari and “Africa”. It’s totally an incomplete and useless list because there are SO many animals here in South Africa and Swaziland (see previous post). I’m realizing that my absolute favorite wild animals are what they call the “ugly five” which are: Wildebeest, Warthog, Vulture, Wild Dog (pictured) and Donald Trump (also pictured). But the real “ugly five” are super essential to the balance of a healthy ecosystem. (I’ve yet to find any true value to Donald Trump other than helping me realize and articulate my own humanity in the face of rampant ego and greed, and showing me what I’m willing to fight and die for, which is no small thing, honestly.) By and large these kinds of classifications are pretty useless, you know? We are all essential to the working of the world we inhabit, even it it isn’t apparent to us what that use is.
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