and why they're different
Hunter's Big 5
It was created in the bygone days when people went to Africa to hunt rather than unobtrusively observe the animals. The Hunter's list defines the top 5 animals that visitors like Ernest Hemingway wanted to shoot and kill for trophies. It celebrates the hunting and killing of safari animals.
Hillman's Big 5
I began my list decades ago to spotlight the animals that safari-goers want to shoot with their cameras, not guns.
While the Hunter's Big 5 list includes the buffalo, mine does not. It's replaced with the cheetah, which ranks higher with current safari-goers. Even the crocodile, giraffe and hippo rank higher than the buffalo.