Wildlife enthusiasts from around the world chose the polar bear as one of the top five animals for wildlife photography—with elephants, gorillas, tigers, and lions rounding out the list. More than 50,000 votes were cast for favorite animals to photograph (or see in photographs) via the New Big 5 website over the course of a year.
Created by British photographer Graeme Green, the aim of the New Big 5 project is to raise awareness about the crisis facing the world’s wildlife from threats including habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, illegal wildlife trade, and climate warming.
“We now have the results of the New Big 5 project,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. “These five animals—elephants, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, and lions—are such beautiful and remarkable species, and are wonderful ambassadors for the world’s wildlife, from iconic species to little-known frogs, lizards, fish, and birds.”