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History of Big Five on SA Bank Notes

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The Famous Big Five creatures of Africa.

Africa is an environment with a different fauna and vegetation, these features catches the hearts and psyches of all who visit this wonderful land. A couple of creatures has been honored but an exceptionally extraordinary honor has been given to the Big Five. The well-known Big Five refers to five of Africa’s most noteworthy wild creatures – the Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo.

The expression “Big Five” was initially created by hunters and pointed out that the big five was the most troublesome creatures to chase when hunting in Africa. The Big Five wasn’t picked for their size, yet rather for the trouble in chasing them, and the level of threat they posed. Yet the term still applies today.

The African Elephant 

The African Elephant is an expansive herbivore with thick, practically bald skin. The upper tusks of the elephant structures are bended tusks of ivory. The African Elephant is hard to spot in light of the fact that notwithstanding its huge size, they can cover up in tall grass, and are more prone to charge than different species.

The Lion 

The Lion is a huge flesh eating catlike species. The males have heavenly overwhelming manes around their necks and shoulders. Considered by many the best of the Big Five, lions are exceptionally risky creatures, and would assault if given a possibility.

The Cape Buffalo 

The African Buffalo is a huge horned bovid. Wild oxen are viewed as the most dangerous of the Big Five. Wild oxen are known as the “Dark Death” in Africa, with injured creatures supposedly ambushing and assaulting its followers. Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros (additionally called Rhino for short) are substantial, tough herbivores with one or two upright horns on the nasal extension. Rhinos can achieve one ton or all the more in weight.

Rhinos are considered as “discriminatingly threatened” by the IUCN Red List, as they are slaughtered by people for their profitable horns, which are made of keratin and wrongly accepted by some to use as a love potion, besides everything else.

Kindly don’t slaughter our Rhinos!!!

The Leopard 

The Leopard is extremely hard to spot as they have nighttime sustaining properties, that literally camouflages them and are likewise amazingly careful for humans, and will take flight despite danger.

These magnificent creatures are highly valued and respected by many in South Africa, therefore they are proudly represented on the countries bank notes.

The Big Five highlights clearly on the South African cash notes and financial certificates.

  • The South African R10 note offers a Rhino
  • The R20 note displays a proud Elephant.
  • The King of the Jungle, the Lion, are on the R50.
  • The Buffalo graces the R100 note.
  • The Leopard appears on the R200 note.

For more information on the new banknotes, click here.

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