Dangerous animals: It’s very easy for us to be complacent about our strengths given that we are the most dominant species on the planet, but take away the weaponry and armour that civilisation affords us, and we stand alone in the wilderness as the naked and defenceless ape.
The world has around 800, 000 identified species of animals, many of whom while getting on with their own survival, see us either as a meal or a threat.
While travelling away from home, you may well meet one or two of them going about their business. Treat them with the respect they deserve for the sake of your own safety and theirs, and remember that in the eyes of mother nature, man is without doubt the world’s most dangerous animal.
Cape Buffaloes are the most aggressive, man-hating and dangerous animals in Africa.
‘When all the dangerous cliffs are fenced off, all the trees that might fall on people are cut down, all of the insects that bite have been poisoned . . . and all of the grizzlies are dead because they are occasionally dangerous, the wilderness will not be made safe. Rather, the safety will have destroyed the wilderness. ‘ R. Yorke Edwards