And the winner is …

Surprisingly, the easiest animal to identify is the PORCUPINE. Of all porcupine images in Season 4, only two classifications were wrong. Here are the rankings for the top ten, along with the percentage correct for each animal.

Rank Animal Percent Correct
1 Porcupine 99.4%
2 Human 99.2%
3 Ostrich 98.3%
4 Giraffe 97.1%
5 Elephant 97.0%
6 Zebra 95.9%
7 Hippopotamus 95.1%
8 Guinea fowl 92.1%
9 Wildebeest 91.9%
10 Spotted hyena 91.2%



About Margaret Kosmala

I am an ecologist exploring the complex dynamics of plant and animal systems. I am especially interested in understanding how species communities change over time and how humans impact them.

3 responses to “And the winner is …”

  1. Diane says :

    This site is amazing, thanks or sharing. Watched it on KSTP. Just came back from the Masai @ The Royal Mara, and it was a trip of a lifetime. Now back in Minnesota I think of it often and looking at your site brings me back there. Diane

  2. Tor Bertin says :

    Are these percentages weighted by the number of observations of the animal? If not, any idea how weighting them in such a way would change the rankings?

    • Margaret Kosmala says :

      You can read how I calculated these percentages here: But in brief, I divide the number of correct classifications for each animal by the total of number of classifications for each animal. So the “number of observations of the animal” is a part of the percentages.

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