Animal Face-Off

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Animal Face-Off
Directed byMalcolm Hall
Narrated byScott Dreier
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Andrew Waterworth
Michael Stedman
Producer(s)Nick Bleszynski
Running time60/120 minutes
Original networkDiscovery Channel
Original releaseMarch 21 –
September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12); Present (Hispanic America)

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 one hour long, with the exception of the 12th episode, which is two hours long.


No. in.
Animals Location Winner
1"Saltwater Crocodile vs. Great White Shark"AustraliaGreat White Shark
A female great white shark is roaming close to shore, looking for food; a saltwater crocodile swims nearby, looking for a new territory. The great white hits the crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. Accustomed to defending himself against rivals, the crocodile bites the shark's tail, but cannot get a good grip. The shark swims off and makes a wide turn for a full-on assault; all of a sudden, the crocodile gets the first bite on her pectoral fin. The bite tears off the shark′s fin, helped by the classic death roll. Despite the injury, the great white is still strong. Then, the shark and the crocodile collide head on; the crocodile grabs hold of the shark′s snout with his crushing bite. This time, the shark cannot 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 him; with the crocodile's soft underbelly exposed, she comes back with a textbook attack, killing the crocodile with a powerful bite.
2"African Bush Elephant vs. Southern White Rhinoceros"Serengeti National ParkElephant
In the African Serengeti, a southern white rhinoceros has left its mud hole and is looking for somewhere to feed, nearby, an African savanna elephant is roaming around, also seeking good grazing. The rhino begin grazing but suddenly feels the ground shaking, and turns to see the elephant. Due to its poor eyesight, the ill-tempered rhinoceros sees him as a rival and prepares to charge. The elephant responds to the challenge with a loud trumpet, but the (relatively) smaller animal is not hesitant to charge and makes its move, but the much smarter elephant anticipates the attack by charging too and dodging. The rhinoceros returns and tries to stab the elephant's throat, but he is too tall, even with its four-foot horn. The white rhinoceros then tries an agile headbutt, but the elephant proves better with his seven-foot tusks. Sure enough, the elephant turns his rival around and stabs it twice with his tusks (breaking one in the process that gets stuck in the rhinoceros). The elephant then topples the rhinoceros and crushes it under his weight before stepping off and trumpeting in victory.
3"Asiatic Lion vs. Bengal Tiger"IndiaLion
A male Asiatic lion is wandering in an abandoned Indian temple when he suddenly spots a Bengal tiger feeding close by. The lion roars at his larger, striped relative to back off, but the tiger ignores the warning. The lion then charges at the tiger, but trips on it upon impact, catching the tiger off-guard. Quickly seizing the opportunity to win, the agile tiger quickly recovers and repeatedly attempts to bite the lion's throat, but the lion shakes off the attack and the combatants are back to square one. Both cats roar, claw, and wrestle with one another, but neither lands a fatal blow. The tiger tries to end the fight with a fatal neck bite, but the lion's mane deflects its aim. The tiger then charges at the lion, but the lion deflects the attack, catches the tiger off guard again and delivers the killing blow to the tiger's neck, killing it. The lion walks off, roaring victoriously.[1][a]
4"Hippopotamus vs. Bull Shark"Zambezi RiverHippopotamus
An injured male hippopotamus is seen resting in his stretch of the Zambezi River, relaxing by the water′s edge, unaware that a bull shark is roaming around, looking for food. The shark catches the smell of meat, but does not know where it is coming from. The shark starts the encounter with an exploratory bump. After confirming the hippopotamus is indeed food, the shark bites the side, but the massive girth combined with the enormous weight of the hippopotamus is too much of a mouthful for the smaller shark. Even the thick skin in the back leg proves too tough. Despite this, the shark does manage to rip off the hippopotamus's tail. All while, the hippo has been roaring in pain, not knowing what hit him, but his bad temper lights a fire in his belly. Soon, the hippopotamus submerges and spots the deadly shark. The enraged hippopotamus comes towards the shark, and the shark comes towards the hippopotamus, who then opens his mouth, revealing his huge sharp foot-long canine teeth, but the bull shark keeps coming and is finally crushed and killed when the larger hippopotamus closes his mouth on it.
5"Gray Wolf vs. Cougar"Rocky MountainsCougar
A gray wolf is feeding; from a great distance, a cougar catches the smell of meat, and comes to investigate. The cougar comes across the wolf eating. Lying down, she thinks about how to steal the meal without having the wolf call for reinforcements. Soon after, the wolf notices the cougar and growls. The cougar growls in response. The wolf soon responds by charging forward and ferociously biting the cougar's hind leg, but backs off when the cougar pounces on him with her front legs and lethal claws. The wolf howls to his pack for backup. Realizing she is in grave danger, the cougar tries to retreat, but the wolf bites her paw. Furious, the cougar rolls onto her back, rakes the wolf with her claws and throws him off to the ground, killing the wolf at once. The cougar prepares to eat, but she then hears the wolf pack approaching. Left with no choice, the cougar leaves the kill and flees straight to the forest.
6"Walrus vs. Polar Bear"Arctic CircleWalrus
A walrus is relaxing by the water's edge. Suddenly, a hungry polar bear comes by to attack the walrus. Startled and nervous, the walrus heads straight for the sea. The bear attempts to bite and scratch the walrus, 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 cannot do much serious damage. The walrus then tries to stab the bear with its four-foot tusks, but the agile predator anticipates this. The bear then tries several paw swipes to the head, but the walrus's skull is too thick to land a killing blow. As the walrus flees, the bear holds on and gets dragged into the ocean, afterwards, the walrus turns around, goring the bear with its tusks. The bear, wounded and running out of air, heads straight back to the surface. But the walrus returns with a vengeance – it soon sinks its tusks onto the carnivore's back, killing it. The dead bear sinks into the ocean.
7"Brown Bear vs. Siberian Tiger"SiberiaBrown Bear
In the Siberian woodlands in wintertime, a Siberian tiger is feasting on its kill, and a large brown bear is roaming around, looking for one more meal before going into hibernation. The tiger then suddenly spots the bear. Not in the mood to share, the tiger roars at the bear to back off, but the bear ignores the warning and continues to advance. The tiger tries a body blow, but the bear absorbs the impact without losing balance. The tiger then tries to land a killing blow on the bear's neck, but the bear pushes it down. The bear then approaches the kill, but the tiger recovers and pounces on the bear from behind, cutting him with its claws, but fails to disable him. The much stronger bear turns around and using his superior strength against the tiger's speed and agility, overpowers the tiger by pawing its face. The bear then breaks the tiger's spine and finishes its off with a neck bite, killing it immediately.
8"African Lion vs. Nile Crocodile"Maasai MaraNile Crocodile
A male African lion is eating by the river's edge when a Nile crocodile emerges from the water, intent on stealing the meal. Upon seeing this, the lion roars at the crocodile to back off, but he does little than get a loud hiss from the crocodile. The lion attacks, but cannot land a deadly blow because of the crocodile's thick armor. The lion tries to flip the crocodile to reach its unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stops him from doing so. Determined to get rid of the lion, the crocodile heads back to the water, and gets out of sight. Determined to protect his kill, the lion stays close to the water's edge, looking for an opportunity to kill the crocodile. All of a sudden, it is too late. The crocodile launches a surprise attack on the lion, grabbing his neck and dragging him to the water. The crocodile soon performs a death roll, which kills the lion at once.
9"Mountain Gorilla vs. African Leopard"Central AfricaMountain Gorilla
A mountain gorilla silverback has left his family in the trees, looking for a place to spend the night. Around the same time, an African leopard leaves her cubs to go hunting. The leopard then sees the gorilla walking by and interprets him as a threat. The gorilla, upon seeing the leopard, sees it too as a threat to his troop. He tries to avoid the fight, beating his chest, growling and howling in the process, but the leopard does not flinch. The gorilla approaches, swiping at the leopard, who soon leaps onto a cliffside. Afterwards, the leopard jumps onto the gorilla's back and biting his shoulder. However, the gorilla throws the leopard off, but she leaps onto his back again, but cannot get a grip. The gorilla throws the leopard off again; the leopard runs for her life, but the gorilla knocks her off balance before she gets free, but not before the gorilla chomps down on the leopard's shoulder, though she gets free immediately after. Both opponents stare and snarl at each other. Desperate, the leopard makes a final lunges towards the gorilla, but the gorilla throws his powerful arm onto its spine, breaking it and killing the leopard.[b]
10"Jaguar vs. Anaconda"Amazon RainforestAnaconda
An anaconda is out stalking for prey in the Amazon river. However, a jaguar is stalking nearby. The big cat then enters the water, right in front of the giant snake. The jaguar then stops briefly, apparently sensing the reptile before being distracted by a bird calling in the distance. This lapse in attention allows the anaconda to get the perfect opportunity to attack the big cat, during which the snake begins to coil around its victim. The force of the anaconda's strike is enough to knock the big cat off of its feet and into the water. The big cat furiously claws at the anaconda and bites its tail. Injured, the snake attempts to retreat, but begins to get dragged ashore by the jaguar. However, most of the giant snake's tail is free and coils around the jaguar, and the anaconda is able to turn back around and strike back at the jaguar. This time, the anaconda completely restrains the jaguar, and the big cat is too tired to struggle any further, which ultimately leads to the jaguar's defeat - and eventually being killed.
11"American Alligator vs. American Black Bear"EvergladesAmerican Black Bear
On a hot day in the Everglades, an American black bear has gone into a lake to drink, not knowing that an American alligator is resting underneath. The alligator wakes up and sees the bear, but the bear has also spotted the alligator and tries to retreat. The alligator then ambushes the bear and grabs his leg and does the classic death roll, but all he grabs is a mouthful of fur, fat and muscle. Hurt, but not fatally and still strong, the bear fights back by slashing the alligator's mouth. The alligator then attempts a tail swipe, but the much smarter bear anticipates this; knowing it is vulnerable on land, the alligator tries to retreat, but the enraged bear lungs at it. The alligator tries to roll free of the bear's grab, but this gives the bear the advantage to flip it over, which exposes the alligator's soft underbelly which the bear slashes fatally into and kills the alligator; the bear leaves as the alligator's dead body rots in the riverbank.
12"Sperm Whale vs. Colossal Squid"Antarctic OceanSperm 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 ignored by the whale, which launches a slow attack on the huge squid. Just before it reaches the mouth, the squid latches onto the whale and rakes it with its 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 its 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. They can also be rented from the Netflix DVD service.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ For actual records of Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers fighting in the wilderness of India, see Coexistence of the lion and tiger in the Eurasian wilderness.
  2. ^ Actual reports of fights or killings are mentioned in Gorilla, Leopard and African leopard.


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