Animal Face-Off

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Animal Face-Off
Directed by Malcolm Hall
Narrated by Scott Dreier
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) Andrew Waterworth
Michael Stedman
Producer(s) Nick Bleszynski
Running time 60/120 minutes
Original channel Discovery Channel
Original run March 21 – September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)

Animal Face-Off is a television program that aired on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in 2004.[1]


This program, produced by NHNZ, centers on hypothetical battles between two animals that could meet in the wild, or, in some cases, have been compared to each other by scientists. CGI replicas and models were used to collect data (such as strength, bite force, etc.) about the animals. Then, in a virtual arena, a brief computer-animated fight scene reveals the results. Some people have declared this show similar to the hit Spike TV show Deadliest Warrior. Since the fights are created artificially, results in real life may vary. Each episode of Animal Face-Off is 1 hour long, with the exception of the 12th episode, which is 2 hours long

Episode list[edit]

Episode Animals Location Winner Recap
1 Great White Shark vs. Saltwater Crocodile Northern Australian Coast Great White Shark A great white shark is roaming close to shore, looking for food; a saltwater crocodile swims nearby, looking for new territory. The great white shark knocks the saltwater crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. Accustomed to defending himself against rivals, the large reptile bites the large fish′s tail but can′t get a good grip. The shark swims away and makes a wide turn for a full-on assault; however, the crocodile gets the first bite on his pectoral fin. Sure enough, the bite tears off the shark′s fin, helped by the classic death roll. The shark lies upside down for a few seconds, before getting back up(in real life, the shark wouldn't be able to get back up, and would've entered tonic immobility and have died due to water not passing through the gills).

Despite the injury, the shark is still strong. Then, both animals collide head on; the croc grabs hold of the shark′s snout with his crushing bite. This time, the large fish can′t fight back; the crocodile attempts another death roll. After that, they both sink. Running out of air, the crocodile breaks the death roll and heads straight to the surface. The shark takes advantage of it; with the crocodile′s soft underbelly exposed, he comes back with a textbook attack, and ends at last the battle by killing the crocodile with a single but powerful bite. However, a shark in real life would pass out when upside down, wouldn't be able to swim straight without a pectoral fin, and if a shark would be bitten by a saltwater crocodile, it's head would crush, given that saltwater crocodiles can generate over 5000psi of biteforce, and a sharks skull is made out of cartilage.

2 African Elephant vs. White Rhinoceros Serengeti National Park African Elephant A white rhino is eating grass; suddenly, he feels the ground shaking. The African Bush elephant is roaming the savanna. The short-tempered rhino sees him as a prominent threat – he soon attacks the African Bush elephant with his charge and thrust; but the much smarter elephant charges as well and dodges the attack. The rhino then tries to stab the African Bush elephant′s throat, but he′s too tall. Desperate to win the battle, the rhino tries an agile headbutt; however, the African Bush elephant defends his head and face with his trunk and seven-foot tusks.

Sure enough, the African Bush elephant stabs the rhino with its tusks twice – henceforth, breaking one of his tusks in the process –, topples him, and crushes him under his weight, killing him. The battle won, the African Bush elephant steps off and trumpets in victory.

3 Asiatic Lion vs. Bengal Tiger India Asiatic Lion A male lion is roaming in an abandoned Indian temple; nearby, the Bengal tiger is feeding. The Asiatic lion roars at his bigger striped cousin to back off, but the tiger ignores the warning. The Asiatic lion catches the Bengal tiger off guard and sprints towards him, but trips on the Bengal tiger. The much more agile tiger quickly recovers and repeatedly tries to bite the Asiatic lion′s throat, but he shakes off the attack. After that, the Asiatic lion gets up; and both combatants face each other, roaring at one another. Like heavy-weight boxers, both cats scratch each other′s faces fiercely. Desperate to put an end to the battle, the Bengal tiger leaps onto the lion, and tries to deliver a fatal neck bite; however, the golden cat′s mane deflects his aim. The Bengal tiger retreats and then charges at the Asiatic lion once again, who quickly knocks him to the ground and delivers it a killing bite.

The Asiatic lion walks away and then roars in victory, assuming his position as ″King of the jungle″.

4 Hippopotamus vs. Bull Shark Zambezi River Hippopotamus An injured male hippopotamus is resting in the Zambezi river, unaware that a bull shark is roaming around, looking for food. Catching the smell of blood but not knowing where it′s coming from, the bull shark begins the encounter with an exploratory bump – after confirming the hippo is indeed food, it tries to get in some bites starting by his side; however, the hippo′s thick hide, combined with his enormous girth and weight, is too much of a mouthful; and even the thin skin behind the back leg proves too tough. Despite all of this, the shark does manage to rip off the hippo′s tail.

All this while, the hippo has been roaring in pain, without knowing what hit him. His very short temper lights a fire in his belly. The bull submerges, and spots the deadly shark. The hippo opens his mouth, revealing his huge canines, but the shark keeps coming. Furious, the hippo crushes the shark′s head as he closes his mouth, killing him.

5 Gray Wolf vs. Cougar Rocky Mountains Cougar A gray wolf is eating its dinner; from a great distance, a cougar catches the smell of meat, and comes to investigate. The cougar comes across the wolf eating. Lying down, it thinks about how to steal the meal without having the canine to call for reinforcements.

Soon after that, the wolf notices the cougar and growls. The mountain lion does the same. The wolf soon responds by charging forward and ferociously bites the cougar′s back leg, but backs off when the cat pounces on it with its front legs and lethal claws. The wolf howls to its pack for backup. Realizing it′s in grave danger, the cougar tries to retreat, but the large canine stops it by biting its paw. Furious, the cougar rolls onto its back, rakes the wolf with its claws and throws it off to the ground, killing the canine at once. The feline prepares to eat, but it then hears the wolf pack approaching. Left with no choice, the cougar gets up and flees straight to the forest.

6 Walrus vs. Polar Bear Arctic Circle Walrus A walrus is relaxing. Suddenly, a hungry polar bear comes by. Startled and nervous, the walrus heads straight for the sea. The bear attempts to bite and scratch it, but the pinniped′s thick skin is too much, even for a large bear like itself. Although it briefly manages to latch on with its sharp teeth, the bear can′t do much serious damage. After the walrus lunges, the bear tries several paw swipes but still can′t penetrate the walrus′s thick skin.

As the walrus flees, the bear holds on and gets dragged in the process. Afterwards, the walrus turns around, goring the bear with its tusks. The bear is wounded – running out of air, it heads straight back to the surface. But, before it can do anything, the walrus returns with a vengeance, and sinks his tusks onto the carnivore′s back, killing it.

7 Brown Bear vs. Siberian Tiger Siberian taiga Brown Bear On a snowy day, The Siberian tiger is feeding. A large brown bear comes by, looking for food. Determined to not let the bear steal its meal, the Siberian tiger roars at it to back off, but the much larger carnivore keeps coming. The Siberian tiger then attacks the brown bear, who is able to deflect each strike.

The Siberian tiger tries to go for the jugular, but also fails. The brown bear then knocks the Siberian tiger on the ground, and moves on, straight for the meal. Angry at the thievery, the Siberian tiger jumps on the bear from behind and latches on with its claws, cutting deep. But the much stronger bear turns around and paw swipes the Siberian tiger′s head, injuring its face. The brown bear sees an opening, breaks the Siberian tiger′s back and bites its neck, killing it at once. In reality the chance of the Siberian tiger meeting a brown bear in a confrontation is slim, but Siberian tigers and polar bears have frequent run ins and the balance can go both ways.

8 African Lion vs. Nile Crocodile Masai Mara National Park Nile Crocodile The African lion is eating by the river′s edge when the Nile crocodile emerges from the water, intent on stealing the meal. Upon seeing that, the African lion roars at the reptile to back off; but it does little than a loud hiss from the Nile crocodile. The big cat attacks but cannot land a deadly blow because of the crocodile′s thick armor.

The African lion then tries to flip the Nile crocodile to reach his unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stop him from doing so. Determined to end the African lion′s stubbornness, the Nile crocodile heads back to the water, and goes out of sight. Determined to protect his meal, the African lion stays close to the water′s edge, looking for an opportunity to kill the Nile crocodile. However, the Nile crocodle launches a surprise attack on the African lion, grabbing his neck and dragging him to the water. The Nile crocodile performs a death roll which kills the African lion at once.

9 Green Anaconda vs. Jaguar Amazon River Green Anaconda A jaguar heads to the Amazon river. A large green anaconda is patrolling the shore. As the spotted cat enters the water, the anaconda sees it as prey and takes position, waiting for the right moment to strike. The jaguar can sense the danger but cannot see the anaconda beneath the surface. A bird call distracts it; the snake takes advantage and strikes without warning, wrapping its coils over the large cat. Soon, both mammal and reptile sink underwater.

The jaguar gets away at first by biting the snake′s tail. Hurt and bleeding, the anaconda attempts to flee, but the jaguar, determined to have it for dinner, tries to fish it out of the water. The anaconda turns around and launches a surprise attack, knocking the cat and coiling around it again. Too tired to fight back, the jaguar is defeated – and soon killed.

10 Mountain Gorilla vs. African Leopard Congo Rainforest Mountain Gorilla A male mountain gorilla has left his family in the trees, and is now looking for a place to spend the night. However, he′s unaware that he wanders into the territory of the African leopard, who has hidden her cubs in a nearby den. The hungry leopardess confronts the gorilla. The big primate tries to avoid the fight, beating his chest, growling and howling in the process, but the African leopard does not flinch.

The gorilla approaches, determined to avoid the fight (and to be left alone); the African leopard leaps onto a rock. She takes the mountain gorilla by surprise by jumping on his back and biting his shoulder. The mountain gorilla throws the African leopard off, but using her better stealth, the African leopard leaps on the primate′s back again. The mountain gorilla easily throws her off again – only this time, he′s ready; he turns the AfricaN leopard over on her back. Both animals fight briefly. Then the African leopard gets back up, but the ape chomps on her shoulder, making her roaring in pain. After that, she backs off. Both opponents stare and roar at each other. Desperate, the African leopard leaps toward the mountain gorilla, but the mountain gorilla throws his powerful arm on her back, breaking her spine and killing her – thus ending the battle.

11 American Black Bear vs. American Alligator Everglades American Black Bear The black bear is drinking from a swamp on a hot Florida day. Unfortunately, the American alligator emerges from the water, startling the American black bear. The American alligator bites the American black bear′s leg, but releases it as the large mammal uses its paws to get it off, leaving nothing but a wound and a mouthful of fur, fat and muscle.

Despite the injury, the American black bear is still strong. It fights back by slashing at the American alligator′s mouth. The American alligator tries to do a tail swipe, but the American black bear anticipates it. Knowing it′s vulnerable on land, the American alligator tries to return to the water; however, the enraged bear stops it by turning it over on its back. Soon, the American alligator exposes its unarmored underbelly; so the bear scratches deep into it, fatally wounding and killing the huge reptile.

12 Sperm Whale vs. Colossal Squid Antarctic Ocean Sperm Whale A sperm whale is diving into the deep abyss, while a colossal squid rockets through the depths. Both combatants sense each other – the squid sees the whale, while the whale′s echolocation reveals the squid′s location.

Upon seeing the whale as a potential predator, the squid releases a burst of ink as a warning, but it is soon ignored by the whale, who launches a slow attack on the huge squid. Just before it reaches the mouth, the squid latches onto the whale and rakes it with his suckers, wounding it in the process. By rising close to the surface, the squid is shaken off, but not before it scratches the whale further. Although wounded, the whale amplifies his sonar and stuns the squid. The paralyzed cephalopod is helpless – and thus eaten alive.


Each episode of Animal Face-Off has been released on DVD.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John F. Bonfatti (March 27, 2004), Survival of the Fittest, The Buffalo News