National Geographic Biggest Animals

In nature, it’s always a question of survival of the fittest and supremacy amongst other animals. National Geographic study has shown that only the biggest as well as the boldest survive. Let’s look at some of these animals;

African Elephant:

As it was in the beginning and even now, the African Elephant is the biggest animal on land. It is a herbivore categorized under the phylum Chordata and family Elephantidae.

Characteristics include; grey folded up a thick skin, a trunk, large ears, tusks, and molar.

Blue Whale:

A massive blue whale

This is the biggest animal on the sea with a length of 29.9m and a weight of 173 tonnes. It is a carnivore categorized under the phylum Chordata also, the family Balaeropteridae.

Characteristics are; long and slender body with various shades of greyish-blue dorsally and lighter underneath.

Brown Bear:

Brown bears are common in Eurasia and North America. Omnivores animals belonging to the family Ursidae and the U. arctos species.

Physical properties include; head and body measuring about 1.4 to 2.8m, shoulder, tail, claw, paws, and a 42 teeth dentition.

Salt Water Crocodile: 

This apex predator lay low in the bottom of the watermarking its territory and attacking any suspected threat. This crocodile is a carnivore under the family Crocodylidae and the C. Porosus species.

Features include a length of 3m(10ft) to 6m(20ft) in males and females respectively, power jaws, and strong teeth for grasping prey, and skin that blends with the environment.


A couple of giraffe standing on top of a dry grass field

Giraffes (family Giraffidae) are the tallest terrestrial animals with nine different species that have almost gone into extinction. Studies show that they evolved and developed longer necks to help reach their food.

Its unique features are; extremely long neck and legs, horn-like ossicones, and a beautiful coat pattern.


Lions are the most fierce animal in the jungle. Its carnivorous nature earned it a spot in the family Felidae and P. Leo species. A male lion has a broader head and shoulder than a female lion. All lions possess a mane, a tiny waist, and a very long tail. Its dentition is designed to adapt to its diet.


Gorilla members of the Hominidae family come in varied sizes, shapes, and species. Their herbivorous nature sustains them for a lifespan of 35 to 40 years.

It is estimated to be 1.6m in height and 160kg in weight.

Komodo Dragon:

Komodo Dragon fits into the class Reptilia and family Varanidae. It is regarded as the largest member of the lizard family possessing a maximum length of 3 meters(10tf) and a weight of approximately 70kg.


Although it belongs to the family of Struthionidae and class of aves, this bird does not fly. Its protruding features encompass; very long neck and legs, large eyes,  feathers that are black and brown in male and female respectively. Ostrich has a body mass of 63 to 145kg.

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