Animal colossi: The largest land animals
The animal world offers us an almost infinite variety of fascinating creatures. But what are the largest land animals on our planet? In the series of pictures we show six animal giants measured by weight.
Giraffe: 1.4 tons and up to four meters tall — Image: Shutterstock / meunierd
The African elephant is the largest animal in the world. The pachyderm weighs an incredible seven tons. Also impressive: its size of up to four meters. Second place for the largest land animals goes to the hippopotamus – albeit by a wide margin. The mammal weighs around 3.5 tons on average.
The white rhino secures third place
The last animal on the pedestal of the largest land animals is the white rhino, which can reach a weight of up to 2.5 tons. Fourth place goes to the giraffe. The funny-looking animal with the long neck weighs around 1.4 tons and is also the tallest animal in our leaderboard with a height of six meters.
The moose weighs 800 kilograms
The water buffalo takes fifth place among the largest land animals with a weight of 1.2 tons. The moose can be found at the bottom of our list of the best. The largest species of deer found today still weighs 800 kilograms.
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