The World’s Most Dangerous Animals: Mammals

Some of the worlds most dangerous animals are mammals. They are intelligent, sophisticated and just…dangerous! The most dangerous mammals include wolverines, dingos, polar bears, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, tigers, lions and hippos.

How can we tell the most dangerous animals? It must be by the number of fatalities they inflict on human populations. If other organisms were to vote on this, then the list would be different but when it comes to dangerous animals or dangerous anything, then the danger makes more sense when posed to man as a species and not to the rest of nature. Which are the most dangerous mammals on the planet earth?

10. Wolverines – They are small compared to most mammals in the dog family but despite their size, they are famed to be ferocious hunters and dangerous to enemies and purported enemies. Mature wolverines weigh only 10 – 25 kilograms but can decimate larger enemies including giant black bears.

9. The Dingo – This is a free roaming primitive mammal of the dog family, native to Australia. They are known to be ferocious hunters that attack many other animals including sheep and humans with fatal results. They are among the most dangerous predators on the continent and probably among the most dangerous mammals.

8. The polar bear – Many people would rather encounter any other danger but not the polar bear. It is very strong and swift and a ferocious hunter ass well. It is native to the North Pole and weighs up to 680 kilograms making it the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world and one of the most dangerous. Bears can swim under water as well as run faster than most mammals.

7. Rhinos – The rhinoceros is one of the most dangerous herbivores in the world weighing up to 4500 kilograms with a shoulder height of up to 2 meters. They charge at enemies and gore them to death and can move to speeds of up to 50 kph. Using speed, agility and strength, they can destroy some of the most ferocious carnivores.

6. Elephants – African elephants have amazing speeds for their size. They are known to weigh up to 11,000 kilograms but can run faster than most mammals of smaller size and use their feet and tusks to cause extreme danger to enemies including humans. Elephants are famed to have a very long lasting memory that places their enemies in mortal danger.

5. Buffaloes – Cape buffaloes are among the most dangerous mammals in the world. Unlike those found in Asia which are domesticated, African buffaloes are heavy and fast. They weigh more than 900 kilograms and kill more than 200 people every year by goring and trampling.

4. Tigers – They are mainly found in Asian countries and can weigh up to 300 kilograms and happen to be very strong and dangerous too. They have amazing speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour making them some of the fastest carnivores in the wild.

3. Lions – They can weigh up to 250 kilograms but are much faster and stronger for their weight with speeds surpassing 65 kilometers per hour. They are the second largest members of the cat family after the tigers and among the most dangerous mammals in the world.

2. Hippos – The African hippopotamus is the third largest terrestrial mammal in the world and one of the most dangerous. Hippos can run faster than 30 kilometers per hour on land and up to 9 kilometers per hour in water. They are known to trample their victims to death. They can measure up to 4500 kilograms.

1. Man – With all the intelligence, the tools and sophisticated weaponry, man is the most dangerous mammal in the world and has killed many animals including members of his own species. He can attain amazing speeds by use of vehicles, trains and jets and has the capacity to destroy every other organism.

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30 Responses to “The World’s Most Dangerous Animals: Mammals”
  1. Borhan Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    An excellent topic and very good write up. Thanks for sharing.


  2. SowmyaT Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. gaby7 Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Man, the Hippo is perhaps the most menacing of them all. Last year one angry hippo reaped off a young man by the river as he went fishing.


  4. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I am glad you mentioned humans as the most dangerous.
    We seem to fear and control all other species and forget that those animals have more to fear from us… than we do (as a species) have to fear from them.


  5. Raj the Tora Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    very good information. Thanks for speaking the truth – the most dangerous mammals are humans – especially because they kill for no reason even without any provocation, while other animals kill either for food of self-protection


  6. webseowriters Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    man? what about woman


  7. ashan1614 Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    When I saw the title of this article, my first thought was that humans HAVE to be on the list. To see man as number one is no surprise to me. And while most animals kill to survive, man kills out of anger and greed more often than not.


  8. ashan1614 Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    @ webseowriters: Man (or mankind) is a generic term which refers to all humans, male and female.


  9. Jennifer Marre Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I read it just to see if humans were on the list. What other animal could be considered the most dangerous mammal? (Waiting for uneducated religious zealots to jump in screaming that humans aren’t animals)


  10. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Man-the undisputed winner, with the mass graves to prove it.


  11. Michal Dorcak Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Very good article. I did not know hippo is so big and dangerous …


  12. bigpapadan Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Jimmy, as always a great article. And Jennifer, as a religious zealot, I will not only acknowledge that man is an animal in the biological but also in the emotional and intellectual sense. WE are the only species that I know of that kills for no other reason than the shear enjoyment of it.


  13. LCM Linda Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    The top number one is a surprise, but you are correct.


  14. albert1jemi Says...

    On December 29, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for sharing


  15. yes me Says...

    On December 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    A great big mirror in a cage, is a good way to show the most dangerous animal on earth, let all the kids of the world learn from it not become it… nice share once more liked this right to the end.


  16. Starpisces Says...

    On December 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    think about it, there are many dangerous creatures in the world, including human beings.
    well presented.


  17. drelayaraja Says...

    On January 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    fitting to find the human in the list.. must be on top…


  18. drelayaraja Says...

    On January 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    fitting to find the human in the list.. must be on top of the food chain..


  19. s j tubrazy Says...

    On January 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    last one is indeed very dangerous.


  20. N. Sun Says...

    On January 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I’m glad I don’t live by any of those besides number 1.


  21. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On January 4, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Gr8, Silaho. Very true…humans are the most dangerous mammals.


  22. shady Says...

    On January 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I like the last one veryy muchhhh
    It’s wonderful…..:)


  23. Christy Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    The Number 1° slot .. So sadly true.. Many humans kill for the sheer pleasure of killing….

    The truth:
    To quote yourself:
    “How can we tell the most dangerous animals? It must be by the number of fatalities they inflict on human populations.”


  24. Hugh Macdonald Says...

    On February 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Sorry to quibble, but Wolverines are not related to dogs. They are actually the largest member of the weasel family.


  25. Renae Wiebe Says...

    On February 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Man isn’t an animal!!! We were created in God’s image!!!!


  26. HuntersAWESOME Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 2:44 am

    bloody christian man is the worst its strong enough to almost kill the planet if any other animals could the planet would already be destroyed man has already destoyed millions of species about 100 different speices become extinct each day!!!


  27. HuntersAWESOME Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Ur telling me god loves us and were perfect god probably hates us because were destroying his creation!!!


  28. a sharma Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Good article! I didn\’t knew that hippos are so dangerous.
    My neighbor resembles hippo :-)
    LOL


  29. A Sharma Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Good article! I didn’t knew that hippos are so dangerous.
    My neighbor resembles hippo :-)
    LOL


  30. c.wagstaff Says...

    On March 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I know that every one is saying it but, you are soo right about man. they kill for money and for fun. they are hungry for power and they achieve their goal but are destroying the planet and its creatures in the proses.
    All in all brilliant article. :)


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