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The Top 10 Heaviest Animals in the World

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Animals vary quite a lot in their physical traits. Not only by their height but even more so by their weight. While heavy animals certainly do not belong to the fastest animals on Earth, they do possess other evolutionary advantages due to their size and weight. Heavy and large animals tend to be practically immune to cancer to name one.

 

The following ranking lists the 10 heaviest animals known around the world. The ranking is based on the maximum weight a respective species is known to have achieved. While the ranking is (unsurprisingly) dominated by a certain inhabitant of the sea, most of the Top 10 heaviest animals actually live on the land as you will see.

 

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The Top 10 Heaviest Animals in the World

 

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10. Bison

Large Bison

Weight: Up to 1.3 tonnes / 2,866 pounds

Natural habitat: Northern America & Europe (primarily Poland & Belarus)
Heaviest sub-species: American Bison

 

 

 

9. Gaur

Indian Gaur from anaimalai hills JEG5290.jpg
Source: PJeganathan (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Weight: Up to 1.5 tonnes / 3,307 pounds

Natural habitat: South Asia & Southeast Asia
Heaviest sub-species: Indian Gaur

 

 

 

8. Giraffe

Weight: Up to 1.9 tonnes / 4,189 pounds

Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa
Heaviest sub-species: Northern Giraffe

 

 

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7. Walrus

pacific walrus - heaviest animals

Weight: Up to 2.1 tonnes / 4,630 pounds

Natural habitat: Arctic Circle (primarily Russia, Greenland & Canada)
Heaviest sub-species: Pacific Walrus

 

 

 

6. Elephant Seal

Weight: Up to 4 tonnes / 8,818 pounds

Natural habitat: Antarctica & Western North America
Heaviest sub-species: Southern Elephant Seal

 

 

5. Rhinoceros

rhino - fourth of the heaviest animals in the world

Weight: Up to 4.3 tonnes / 9,480 pounds

Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia
Heaviest sub-species: White Rhinoceros

 

 

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4. Hippopotamus

third of the heaviest animals in the world

Weight: Up to 4.5 tonnes / 9,921 pounds

Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa
Heaviest sub-species: East African Hippopotamus

 

 

 

3. Elephant

elephants - heaviest land animals in the world

Weight: Up to 12.5 tonnes / 27,558 pounds

Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia & Southeastern Asia
Heaviest sub-species: African Bush Elephant

 

 

 

2. Shark

animals, aquarium, aquatic

Weight: Up to 30 tonnes / 66,139 pounds

Natural habitat: In all Oceans of planet Earth
Heaviest sub-species: Whale Shark

 

 

 

1. Whale

blue whale - heaviest animal in the world

Weight: Up to 190 tonnes / 418,878 pounds

Natural habitat: In all Oceans of planet Earth
Heaviest sub-species: Blue Whale

 

 

Summary

Here is a quick recap of The Top 10 Heaviest Animals in the World

  1. 1. WHALE
    Up to ~ 190 tonnes
    2. SHARK
    Up to ~ 30 tonnes
    3. ELEPHANT
    Up to ~ 12.5 tonnes
    4. HIPPOPOTAMUS
    Up to ~ 4.5 tonnes
    5. RHINOCEROS
    Up to ~ 4.3 tonnes
    6. ELEPHANT SEAL
    Up to ~ 4.0 tonnes
    7. WALRUS
    Up to ~ 2.1 tonnes
    8. GIRAFFE
    Up to ~ 1.9 tonnes
    9. GAUR
    Up to ~ 1.5 tonnes
    10. BISON
    Up to ~ 1.3 tonnes

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