Before arriving in South Africa, I had never heard of "the big five." Sure, I had heard of lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo as animals, but I was unaware they had formed their own rock band. They are so categorized because they are the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Elephants can trample you, rhinos are born with swords attached to their heads, buffalo are totally unpredictable, and though lions and leopards make cuddly stuffed animals, the real ones are equipped with fangs and claws. It seemed like a tourism campaign and I was determined not to be drawn in. I told myself I was just happy to be there and if I saw a couple animals, that would great too. But once I saw my first elephant, and then the herd of buffalo, and then the lions, it was over. There were only two of the big five left, the hardest to spot, and in an instant I totally got it. The big five isn't just a tourism gimmick, it's a challenge of luck and I won the jackpot. I saw each member at least twice and came close to seeing the little five (the baby-sized version of each animal), but the lion cubs eluded me. I was tempted to photo collage these photographs together, mimicking the style of every big five t-shirt at the safari gift shop, but decided to save the project for a rainy day.