The deadliest animal on the planet isn’t a shark or even a person. We chose to list the world’s deadliest animals based on a graphic from Bill Gates’ blog. The majority of animal-caused deaths, it turns out, have less to do with the animals themselves and more to do with the diseases they unintentionally spread.
Because certain statistics are more difficult to predict than others, they are, for the most part, preliminary estimates – often extremely rough estimates. And while the list is illustrative of many types of lethal animals, it is far from exhaustive.
The following are some of the animals that have caused the most human deaths. The most terrifying animals aren’t as hazardous as you may think, but don’t dismiss the small ones.
20. Shark – 6 fatalities per year
Every summer, we hear about shark attacks in the news, yet there are only six human deaths worldwide on an annual basis.
Sharks are ranked No. 20 on Bill Gates’ list of the 20 creatures most dangerous to humans, according to data published on Gates Notes.
19. Wolves – 10 fatalities per year
Wolves are usually afraid of humans and avoid them whenever possible, although wolves can attack owing to rabies, fear, or even provocation by victims.
18. Jellyfish – 40 fatalities per year
The sting of these jellyfish, known as Pacific Sea Nettles, is highly severe. Fortunately, the sting is seldom deadly to humans. The stings of animals like the box jellyfish can be fatal.
17. Tigers – 50 fatalities per year
In India, tiger attacks have taken many lives over the years, and assaults in zoos are not uncommon, as evidenced by a deadly event at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007. During a performance in Las Vegas, a Bengal tiger notoriously mauled magician Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, leaving him severely paralyzed.
16. Bees – 60 fatalities per year
Bees, wasps, hornets, and other flying insects are routinely among the country’s deadliest creatures. People who are allergic to the stings frequently die as a result of anaphylactic shock.
15. Lions – 100 fatalities per year
Lions are predators, and humans are simple food if they are available. It’s not unusual to hear of lions murdering poachers and tourists.
14. Elephants – 100 fatalities per year
Elephants are herbivores, yet when angry, they may be quite dangerous.
13. Hippopotamuses – 500 fatalities per year
Hippos are notoriously aggressive, and if they feel threatened, they can easily capsize a small boat and kill the people inside.
12. Crocodiles – 1,000 fatalities per year
Crocodiles are hazardous to people because they are quick and aggressive. Crocodiles, on the other hand, are venerated in this Burkina Faso hamlet for, according to folklore, bringing ladies from the drought-stricken village to a secret pond.
11. Tapeworms – 1,600 fatalities per year
10. Ascaris roundworms – 2,700 fatalities per year
According to experts, one-sixth of the world’s population is infested with a roundworm.
9. Tsetse flies – 3,500 fatalities per year
Tsetse flies, which are widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, contain a hazardous parasite called trypanosomes, which cause fatal sleeping sickness when transferred to people by the fly’s bite.
8. Scorpions – 3,500 fatalities per year
The poisonous stingers of scorpions deliver neurotoxins and enzyme inhibitors into their prey
7. Freshwater snails – 4,400 fatalities per year
The freshwater snail is the carrier of schistosomiasis, a parasitic illness that can be fatal. Africa, Asia, and South America are the most prevalent areas where the illness is present.
6. Kissing bugs – 8,000 fatalities per year
These insects, sometimes known as assassin bugs, can spread the parasite that causes Chagas disease to humans by their bite. The kissing bug, unlike many other hazardous insects, may be found in the United States.
5. Dogs – 17,400 fatalities per year
4. Sandfly – 24,200 fatalities per year
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic illness spread by this small insect. There are three types of leishmaniasis: cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral leishmaniasis, which is the most deadly of the three.
3. Snakes – 60,000 fatalities per year
The barba amarilla pit viper, commonly known as the common lancehead snake, possesses some of the most lethal venom of any snake on the planet. This snake is a South American native.
2. Human – 580,000 fatalities per year
Humans are responsible for more than 500,000 human deaths each year, from gunshots to automobile accidents to military activities.
- Mosquitoes – 830,000 fatalities per year
Most people think of malaria when they think of mosquito-borne diseases, but Zika, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever may all be lethal.