Top 10 Heaviest Animals In The World

As you know no other animals on Earth are heavier than whales. But, do you know which is the second heaviest animal in the world? and what about third one? well, here the list of 10 heaviest animals in the world

10 Kodiak Bear, up to 1800 lbs

kodiak bear

Kodiak bears are completely isolated from other members of bear family. This heavy species is endemic to islands of Kodiak archipelago in Alaska. On average, an adult male Kodiak bear has a height up to 10 ft. and weigh between 1500 to 1800 lbs. At the same time, the female bears measure 20 – 30 percentage smaller than males.

Interesting Facts About Kodiak Bear

  • Wide variety of foods are available within the habitat of kodiak bear.
  • Kodiak bear one of the largest omnivores in the world. Their diet include fishes, grass and berries
  • Kodiak bears leave for hibernation during spring season and their weight increases by 50 percentage at that time.
  • They are solitary in nature. Also found in groups on rare occasions.

9 Crocodile, up to 2300 lbs


Crocodile are the largest reptiles in the world. They live in the tropical regions across the world. The length of an adult crocodile ranges between 6 and 25 ft. and has weight up to 2300 lbs. Crocodiles can live without food for months. In such cases, they uses energy from body which stored in the form of fat.

Interesting Facts About Crocodiles

  • Crocodiles mostly eat large pigs, fishes, birds and turtles
  • They can detect small disturbance in water which help them to locate the prey.
  • Interestingly, crocodiles don’t sweat. They open the mouth for long period to cool down their body.
  • The jaws of crocodiles are strong enough to crack the bones of large preys.

8 Asian Guar, up to 2500 lbs

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Asian guars is the largest species of cattle in the world. They are native to South Asia. Asian guar has a body length between 2.5 and 3.5 meters and weigh up to 2500 lbs. Asian guars have massive head and strong horns.The male guars are 30 percentage larger than the females.

Interesting Facts About Asian Guars

  • Asian guars found in grasslands and evergreen forests.
  • Both male and female Asian guars have horn which measure up to 1 meter in length.
  • They live in herds which contain 9 -13 members.
  • Asian guars mostly spend the day time in feeding.
  • They can survive for a certain period in absence of food.
  • The diet of Asian guars mainly include grass and leaves.

7 Giraffe, up to 3500 lbs


Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world. They found in large numbers in South Africa. They measure up to 20 feet in height and weigh between 2800 and 3500 lbs. In facts, the legs of giraffes are much taller than an average, adult human that is 6 feet. These strong, tall legs help giraffes to eat leaves from tree tops. They can also can run at a maximum speed of 50 km per hour.

Interesting Facts About Giraffes

  • The 21 inch tongue of giraffes helps to pluck leaves from trees very easily.
  • Giraffes regurgitate the foods just like cows.
  • The water rich acacia leaves is one of  favorite foods of giraffe’s. It help them to survive for long time without drinking water.
  • Giraffes travels long distance in searching for food.

6 Hippopotamus, up to 7500 lbs


Hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal on Earth. They are native to South Africa. An adult hippopotamus weigh up to 7500 lbs. They spend most time in water to cool down their heavy body. On daily basis, a hippopotamus consume more than 80 pound of grass, especially at night.

Interesting Facts About Hippopotamus

  • They often walk up to 6 miles in searching of sufficient amount of food.
  • Hippopotamus have special shape of teeth which help them to eat large quantity of grass in short time.
  • Grass and fallen fruits are the main foods of hippopotamus.
  • Hippos have no sweat glands. But they do have a special type of glands that produce a red fluid. It is believed to be this unique gland help large hippo to cool down their body.

5 White Rhinoceros, up to 7800 lbs

White Rhinoceros

White rhinoceros are the second largest land animal on Earth. They found in different regions across Africa. White rhinos are also the largest of four living species of rhinos in the world. White rhinos have a body length up to 4 meter and weigh between 3600 to 7800 lbs.

Interesting Facts About White Rhinos

  • White rhinos are actually grey in color not white. The word ‘white’ actually came from a misinterpreted African word ‘wijd’, which actually mean ‘wide’ in English. It represent the wide moth of the rhino.
  • White rhinos have large skull and two horns.The front horn can be grow up to a length of 1.5 meter.
  • White rhino is a social animal. They live in group that contain up to 14 members.
  • They usually found in vast grasslands.
  • White rhinos are the largest pure grazers in the world. They found most time grazing in vast grasslands.
  • White rhinos can live without water for up to 5 days.
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4 Asian Elephant, up to 11000 lbs

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Asian elephants are the second largest species of elephant in the world, just after the African elephants. They are the largest land animal on the Asian continent. An adult Asian elephant weigh up to 11000 lbs and has a height of 3.5 meters. Unlike African elephants, the Asian elephants have small ears.

Interesting Facts About Asian elephants

  • Indian, Sri Lankan and Sumatran are three recognized subspecies of Asian elephant.
  • Asian elephants spend up to 19 hours of a day on feeding. Their diet mostly consist of grasses, stems, fruits, sugarcane and roots.
  • Strong trunk and tusk help the elephant to prepare the food in proper form, especially the large parts of trees.
  • Elephants have the longest pregnancy period than any living land animal – 23 months. Also, a baby elephant can weigh around 200 lb.

3 African Elephant, up to 14000 lbs

African elephant

African elephant is the heaviest, living land animal in the world. An adult African elephant can weigh to 14000 lbs and up to 4 meter in height. They have large ears and tusks than other species of elephants. they live in rainforests of West and Central Africa.

Interesting Facts About African Elephants

  • African elephants flap their large ears to cool down their heavy body. They also spray water on their body using their long trunk.
  • African elephants have two finger like part on their edge of the trunk where Asian elephants have only one. It provide extra grip on grabbing different things.
  • An adult African elephant can consume up to 300 pounds of food within a single day. Grasses, roots and fruits are main food of African elephants.
  • They travel long distance in searching for food..

2 Whale Shark ,up to 40000 lbs

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Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea that having a length of 12 meter and a weight up to 40000 lbs. They found in warm and tropical ocean waters across the world. The strong jaws and filters helps whale sharks to easily consume large amount of food at a time.

Interesting Facts About Whale Sharks

  • The enormous, whale sharks are harmless to humans.
  • The massive mouth of whale sharks can expand up to 1 meter in width.
  • Their diet mainly consist of icro algaes, krills, crabs and other vertebrates.
  • Whale sharks make long migrationin searching of sufficient amount of food.
  • They have 300 -350 raws of teeth. But these tiny teeth have no role in feeding. Because whale sharks are filter-feeders, means they eat by seperating the food by filtering out the sea water.

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1 Blue Whale, up to 410000 lbs

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Blue whale is the largest known species of animal ever lived on Earth. A fully grown blue whale has a body length of 30 meters and a weight up to 200 tons. They found in all oceans across the world. Interestingly, the tongue of a blue whale has same weight of an elephant. Their groans and pulses can be heard from 1000 miles away. They use such sounds to communicate with other whales.

Interesting Facts About Blue Whales

  • Blue whales consume up to 4 ton of food per day. Krill is the favorite food of blue whales.
  • The filters attached to the jaws of blue whales help them to easily swallow large amount of food at a time.
  • Blue whales can be found both alone or in groups.
  • During seasonal changes, blue whales migrate over thousands of miles.