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A to Z Animals List With Pictures, Facts & Information for Kids & Students

A to Z animals list with pictures, facts and information for kids and adults. Click on the pictures or follow the links for further information about each animal.

A-Z Animals List

Discover amazing animals from all around the world with this huge A-Z species list. Don’t forget that you can find out more about each animal by clicking on its picture!

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Aardvark

Aardvark

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The aardvark is an African mammal. It eats ants and termites, and is an expert at digging.

Find out more about this animal here.

African Elephant

African Elephant

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There are two species of African elephant: the African bush elephant and the African forest elephant. The African bush elephant is the world’s largest land animal.

Find out more about this animal here.

African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot

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The African grey parrot is known for its high intelligence. It is capable of learning over 100 words. Although a popular pet, it is now endangered in the wild.

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African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog

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The African wild dog lives and hunts in packs. Its scientific name, Lycaon pictus, means ‘painted wolf’.

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Anteater

Giant Anteater

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There are four species of anteater: the giant anteater, the northern and southern tamanduas, and the silky anteater. They are found in Central and South America.

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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

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This small Arctic animal is a survival specialist. It has a multi-layered coat, a thick tail and furry paws to keep the cold out.

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Axolotl

Axolotl

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The axolotl is an amphibian with amazing self-healing powers. It can even grow back lost limbs!

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Baboon

Baboon

Baboon

Baboons are monkeys in the genus Papio. There are five species of baboon.

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Bactrian Camel

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Bactrian camel

There are two, closely related, species of Bactrian camel: the domesticated Bactrian camel, and the wild Bactrian camel. The wild Bactrian camel is critically endangered.

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald eagles are the only eagles unique to North America. Bald eagles are most often found near rivers, lakes, and coasts. They are members of the genus Haliaeetus, a group of birds also known as sea eagles.

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Bandicoot

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Bandicoot

Bandicoots are small to medium-sized marsupials. There are around 20 types of bandicoot. They live in Australia and New Guinea.

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Beluga Whale

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Beluga Whale

Belugas are marine mammals in the order Cetacea. Beluga Whales use echolocation to find food. The large bump on a Beluga’s head is the ‘melon’.

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Black Footed Ferret

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Black footed ferrets

The black footed ferret is the only ferret species native to America. This endangered species has twice been declared extinct in the wild.

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Blue Morpho Butterfly

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Blue morpho butterfly

The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a butterfly with brilliant blue wings. It is found in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America.

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Blue Whale

Blue Whale Largest Mammal

The blue whale is the world’s largest mammal.

The blue whale is not only the largest animal in the world today, it is also the largest animal that has ever lived.

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Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictor

Boa constrictors are large snakes that are found in the wild in South and Central America and Mexico. They are also kept as pets. These deadly snakes are not venomous; they squeeze their prey in a deadly embrace.

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Bonobo

Primate Bonobo

Bonobo

Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is man’s closest relation.

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Caiman

Spectacled Caimans

Caimans are carnivorous reptiles that live in Central and South America. There are six different species of caiman. Caimans are members of the alligatoridae family.

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Cane Toad

Cane Toad Invasive Species

Cane Toad

The cane toad was originally found in Central and South America. It was introduced in several other parts of the world because it eats insects that are harmful to crops.

Unfortunately the cane toad’s introduction can be very harmful to native animals. It is now seen as an invasive species.

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Capybara

Capybara

Capybara

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It is found in every country in South America apart from Chile. It is also found in Central America, and has even been spotted in Florida!

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Caribou

Reindeer / Caribou

Caribou / Reindeer

Caribou are large mammals that live in Arctic and subarctic regions all around the world. Caribou are members of the deer (Cervidae) family. In Europe, caribou are known as reindeer.

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Cassowary

Cassowary

Southern Cassowary

There are three species of cassowary: the northern cassowary, southern cassowary and dwarf cassowary. The southern cassowary is the world’s third largest species of bird, after the two ostrich species.
All three species of cassowary are found in new guinea, but only the southern cassowary is found in Australia.

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Cheetah

Cheetah

Cheetah

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. It can reach speeds of up to 75 mph (121km/h) in pursuit of its fast-moving antelope prey.

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Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Common chimpanzees, along with bonobos, are members of the genus pan. They are our closest living relations in the animal kingdom.

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Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

The clouded leopard is a secretive jungle cat found in forests in Southeast Asia and China.

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Common Octopus

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Common Octopus

The common octopus is a mollusk (spelt mollusc in British English). Mollusks are members of Mollusca, a group of invertebrates that also includes snails and slugs.

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Common Ostrich

Common Ostrich

Common Ostrich

There are two species of ostrich: the common ostrich and the Somali ostrich. Both are large, flightless birds. The common ostrich is the world’s tallest and heaviest bird.

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Coyote

Coyote

Coyote

The coyote is a member of the dog family. It lives in North and Central America. Its howls and barks give the coyote its scientific name Canis latrans, which means ‘barking dog’.

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Dingo

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Dingo

The dingo, like the domestic dog, is a subspecies of gray wolf (although some people consider it to be a species in its own right). Dingoes live in Australia, where they are the largest land predators.

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Dogs

Pet Dog

Dogs

Believe it or not, your pet dog is actually a subspecies of gray wolf! Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years. Over the years dogs have been used by man to hunt, for protection, to pull sleds, to herd animals or simply for companionship. Dogs have been selectively bred to fulfil certain roles, which is why some breeds can look very different to others.

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Dolphin

Dolphin

Dolphin

Dolphins are aquatic mammals. They don’t have gills like fish, and need to come to the surface of the water to breathe. Dolphins are known for their high intelligence.

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Dugong

Dugong

Dugong

Dugongs are marine mammals. Unlike manatees, their closest living relations, dugongs are not found in freshwater habitats. Dugongs are herbivores.

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Echidna

Echidna

Echidna

Echidnas are a spiny, ant-eating animals that live in Australia and New Guinea. Along with the platypus, echidnas are the only mammals in the world that lay eggs!

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Electric Eel

Electric Eel

Electric Eel

This amazing South American fish is able to generate electricity, which it uses to find its way around in muddy water and also to hunt its prey!

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Elephant

African Elephant

Elephant

There are three species of elephant. From largest to smallest they are the African bush elephant, the Asian elephant, and the African forest elephant.

The African bush elephant’s conservation status is Vulnerable, and the Asian elephant is Endangered. (The African forest elephant has not yet been assessed.)

Find out more about this animal here.

Emperor Penguin

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Emperor Penguin

The emperor penguin is the world’s largest species of penguin. It lives in Antarctica. The emperor penguin makes up for not being able to fly by being the world’s deepest diving bird.

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Eurasian Wolf

Eurasian Wolf

Eurasian Wolf

The Eurasian wolf is one of the 37 recognized subspecies (types) of gray wolf. All 37 subspecies are essentially the same animal; the Eurasian wolf could have pups with any of the other grey wolf subspecies.

The Eurasian wolf is one of the largest wolf subspecies, and the largest type of wolf found outside of the Americas.

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Fire Salamander

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Fire Salamander

The fire salamander is a distinctive yellow and black amphibian that lives throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Europe.

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Frill-Necked Lizard

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Frill Necked Lizard

The frill-necked lizard is found in Northern Australia. It gets its name from the frill of loose skin around its neck. When the lizard is alarmed or angry, it raises its frill, making itself look big and scary!

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Gharial

Gharial

Gharial

The gharial is a predatory reptile that lives in rivers of the Indian subcontinent. It is a member of the order Crocodilia, and is related to crocodiles, alligators and caimans.

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Giraffe

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Giraffe

Giraffes are the world’s tallest animals. They are native to Africa. Their horns are known as ‘ossicones’.

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Golden Poison Frog

Golden Poison Frog

Golden Poison Frog

The golden poison frog is native to Colombia in South America. This tiny amphibian is one of the most poisonous animals on earth.

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Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla

Gorilla

Gorillas are the world’s largest primates. They are members of Hominidae, otherwise known as the ‘great ape’ family. This group also includes orangutans, chimpanzees and humans.

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Great Hammerhead Shark

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Great hammerhead shark

The great hammerhead shark is the largest species of hammerhead shark. Its wide head gives it 360 degree vision.

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Great White Shark

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Great White Shark

These fearsome predators are found throughout the world’s oceans. They are the largest predatory fish.

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Green Anaconda

Green Anaconda

Green Anaconda

Green anacondas are the heaviest type of snake in the world — but only the second longest (the longest type of snake is the reticulated python). They are found near lakes and rivers in South America.

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Greenland Shark

Greenland Shark

These large and mysterious sharks are found in cold sub-Arctic waters, where they live all year round.

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Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear

The grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of brown bear. It is an apex predator, famed for its strength and hunting ability, as well as for its bad temper.

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Harpy Eagle

Harpy Eagle

Harpy Eagle

Harpy eagles live in the rainforests of Central and South America. They are the largest and most powerful birds of prey in the Americas.

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Hedgehog

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Hedgehog

There are seventeen species of hedgehog. These cute but prickly mammals are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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Hippo

Hippo

Hippo

Hippos are large, semiaquatic mammals. They spend most of the day in the water, and only emerge at dusk.

Despite being herbivores, hippos are notoriously dangerous in the wild.

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Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

The 15 species of howler monkey are found in the forests of South and Central America. Howler monkeys are among the loudest land animals.

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Iguana

Green Iguana

Iguana

Iguanas are large lizards that live in the forests of Central and South America. Despite their fearsome looks they are mainly herbivorous.

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Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

The Indian elephant is one of the three subspecies (types) of Asian elephant. It is found in India and other Southeast Asian countries.

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Jabiru

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Jabiru

The jabiru is one of the largest birds found in the Americas. This large stork stands almost as tall as the American rhea (a large flightless bird), and has a wingspan of up to 2.8 m (9.2 ft.)

Jaguar

Jaguar

Jaguar

Jaguars are the third biggest of all the big cats: only tigers and lions are bigger. Jaguars are apex predators in the South American forests in which they are found.

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Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

The jaguarundi is a wild cat found throughout much of South America and as far north as Texas in the United States (it has also been sighted in Florida). It hunts small mammals, reptiles and birds.

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Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Kangaroos are marsupials found in Australia. They are members of the Macropodidae family, which also includes wallaroos and wallabies.

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Killer Whale / Orca

Orca

Killer Whale / Orca

Killer whales are also known as orcas. These apex predators are the largest members of the oceanic dolphin family, Delphinidae.

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Koala

Koala

Koala

This well-known Australian marsupial lives in eucalyptus trees and spends most of its life asleep.

Find out more about this animal here.

Kookaburra

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Laughing Kookaburra

Kookaburras are members of the Tree Kingfisher family. The laughing kookaburra is famous for having a loud call that sounds like human laughter.

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Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter ants eat more rainforest vegetation than any other type of animal. These amazing rainforest insects grow their own food, and live in colonies that can contain over eight million ants!

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Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest of the seven species of sea turtle. They are found in oceans all around the world and are known for their long migrations.

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Lemming

Norway Lemming

Norway Lemming

Lemmings are small rodents that live in the Arctic tundra. There are around 20 species of lemming, and they are close relatives of voles and muskrats.

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Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

The leopard is a member of the genus Panthera, a group of animals that is also informally known as the ‘big cats‘. The other members of this group are the lion, tiger, jaguar and snow leopard.

The leopard is the second-smallest of the big cats; only the snow leopard is smaller.

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Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

The leopard seal lives in Antarctica. It is a ferocious predator, eating fish, squid, krill, penguins and other seals.

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Lion

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Lion

Lions are the second-largest cats. They live in southern and eastern Africa. A very small colony also lives in the Gir Forest National Park in western India.

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Mexican Redknee Tarantula

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Mexican Redknee Tarantula

The Mexican redknee tarantula is a large arachnid that is found on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

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Moose

Moose

Moose

The moose is the largest member of the deer family. It is the second largest land animal in North America (after the American Bison), and the second largest land animal in Europe (after the European Bison).

In some parts of Europe, the moose is known as an ‘elk’. In North America, the word ‘elk’ refers to another large species of deer rather than a moose.

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Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla

The mountain gorilla is a critically endangered subspecies of eastern gorilla, one of the two gorilla species (the other being the western gorilla).

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Musk Ox

Musk Ox

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The musk ox is a large mammal that lives in the Arctic. it is a member of the Bovidae family of hoofed ruminant (cud-chewing) animals.

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Narwhal

Narwhal

Narwhal

The narwhal is a member of the Monodontidae family of toothed whales. Male narwhals have a distinctive tusk, which in fact is a long tooth.

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Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

The fearsome Nile crocodile is the largest reptile in Africa, and the second largest reptile in the world. (Only the saltwater crocodile is bigger.)

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North American Beaver

North American Beaver

North American Beaver

The North American beaver is the largest rodent in North America. It constructs dams out of trees that it fells using its powerful front teeth.

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Ocellaris Clownfish

Ocellaris Clownfish

Ocellaris Clownfish

Due to a starring role in the film Finding Nemo, the Ocellaris Clownfish is one of the world’s best-known fishes. Its bright orange color and three white stripes make it instantly recognizable.

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Ocelot

Ocelot

Ocelot

The ocelot is a member of the cat family. It looks like a small, slender leopard, and is also known as the ‘dwarf leopard’. The ocelot is found throughout South America, and is occasionally seen in southern USA.

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Okapi

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Okapi

The Okapi is an elusive mammal that inhabits the rainforests of central Africa. Easily recognizable by its zebra-like markings, the okapi is related to the giraffe.

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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

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Olive ridley sea turtle

The olive ridley sea turtle is a pale green turtle with a heart-shaped shell. During the breeding season thousands of females emerge from the sea at the same time in order to lay their eggs.

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Orangutan

Orangutan

Orangutan

Orangutans are large primates that spend most of their lives in trees. There are two species of orangutan: the Sumatran orangutan and the Bornean orangutan. Both species are critically endangered.

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Orca

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Panda

Panda

Panda

The panda, or giant panda, to give it its full name, is a bear that lives in south central China. Its diet consists almost entirely of bamboo. Its conservation status is ‘Vulnerable’, and its survival is reliant on ongoing conservation work.

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Penguins

Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins

Penguins are flightless birds that live in cold regions of the Southern Hemisphere. (Only one penguin, the Galapagos penguin, is found in the Northern Hemisphere.)

Penguins are excellent swimmers, flying through the water using their wings as flippers.

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Piranha

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Piranha

Piranhas are predatory freshwater fish that live in rivers and streams in South America. A piranha’s sharp teeth are replaced continuously throughout its lifetime.

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Platypus

Platypus

Platypus

The platypus is an egg-laying mammal that looks like a cross between a duck and a beaver. It is able to hunt using electricity, and males have venomous spurs on their ankles.

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Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frogs are native to Central and South American rainforests. There are nearly 200 species of poison dart frog, most of which are brightly colored.

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Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

The polar bear lives in the Arctic. Its long white coat provides excellent insulation and camouflage. The polar bear is the joint-largest bear, being a similar size to the Kodiak bear (a subspecies of brown bear).

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Proboscis Monkey

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Proboscis monkey

This long-nosed primate lives on the island of Borneo. Due mainly to deforestation, it is now endangered.

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Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

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Queen Alexandra’s birdwing butterfly

Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world. It is found in Papua New Guinea. The brown-colored females are bigger than the striking green and black males. The Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is endangered, and is only found in a 100 sq km area of rainforest.

You can find out more about this colorful insect here: Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Facts

Quokka

Quokka

Quokka

Quokkas are cat-sized marsupials that belong to the Macropodidae, or kangaroo, family. They live in south west mainland Australia and on islands off the coast of Western Australia.

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Quoll

Quoll

Quoll

The Quoll is a carnivorous marsupial. It is easily recognised by its distinctive pale spots. The quoll is native to Australia and New Guinea.

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Red Eyed Tree Frog

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Red Eyed Tree Frog

Red eyed tree frogs are amphibians that are found throughout Central America, and also in Mexico. True to their name, Red eyed tree frogs are ‘arboreal’, which means that much of their lives is spent in trees.

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Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

The red kangaroo is the largest marsupial. It is found across most of mainland Australia. Typical red kangaroo habitat includes deserts and open grasslands.

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Redback Spider

Redback Spider

Redback Spider

The redback spider is a venomous spider that is mainly found in Australia. Although small, the redback can deliver a painful – and potentially deadly – bite.

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Rhino

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Rhino

Rhinoceroses (or ‘rhinos’ for short) are large mammals with thick skin and horns on their noses. There are 5 species of rhino; two live in Africa, and the other three live in southern Asia.

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Ring Tailed Lemur

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Ring tailed lemurs

The ring tailed lemur is easily recognized due to its long black and white ringed tail. The ring tailed lemur is only found on the island of Madagascar, and is endangered due to habitat loss.

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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The rusty patched bumble bee is a species of bumble bee found in North America. As recently as the 1980’s it was a common species in the northeast and upper midwest regions of the USA and in southeast Canada. Since then, however, the rusty patched bumble bee’s population has experienced a severe decline. In 2015 the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) gave the rusty patched bumble bee a Critically Endangered rating.

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Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodiles are not only the largest species of crocodile but also the largest species of reptile! They are found in India, Southeast Asia and northern Australia.

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Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Sea otters are members of the weasel family (Mustelidae). They are the heaviest of the 13 otter species (giant otters are the longest), but the smallest marine mammals. They spend most of their lives in the sea. Most sea otters are found in alaska, although they are found elsewhere.

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Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea turtles are reptiles in the  order Testudines. There are seven types of sea turtle: Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Hawksbill, Flatback and Olive Ridley.

Find out more about sea turtles here.

Seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorses are marine fish in the genus hippocampus. In Ancient Greek “hippos” means horse, and “kampos” means sea monster. The fifty four species of seahorse are found in warm and tropical waters all around the world.

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Shark

Shark

Basking Shark

Among the 450-plus species of shark are some of the most feared ocean predators, not to mention the two largest fishes in the world (namely the whale shark and the basking shark).

Sharks have been around for 420 million years. Their skeletons are made from a flexible material called cartilage rather than from bone.

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Sloth

Sloth

Sloth

Sloths are mammals that live in the rainforests of South and Central America. Sloths move so slowly that that tiny plants grow in their fur – giving them a slightly greenish colour that helps them to blend in with their surroundings!

There are two main types of sloth: two-toad sloths and three-toed sloths.

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

The snow leopard is a cat in the genus Panthera. Unlike the other members of this group (lion, tiger, jaguar, and leopard), the snow leopard is unable to roar. The snow leopard lives in mountainous habitat in Central and South Asia.

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Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare

The snowshoe hare is a large, forest-dwelling hare that is found in North America. It has long hind legs and small ears. Its large, furry hind feet resemble snowshoes, which is how it got its name.

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Southern Elephant Seal

Southern Elephant Seal

Southern Elephant Seal

The southern elephant seal is not only the largest pinniped, but also the largest member of the Carnivora order. A male southern elephant seal can weigh up to SEVEN times as much as a polar bear! The large, fleshy nose of the male elephant seal gives the species its name.

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Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Named for their spider-like limbs and tail, spider monkeys are New World monkeys of the genus Ateles. They live in untouched rainforests in Central and South America.

There are seven species of spider monkey.

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Spotted Hyena

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Spotted hyena

Although commonly thought of as a scavenger, the spotted hyena catches the majority of its prey.

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Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider

The sugar glider is a marsupial that lives in Australia and New Guinea. It is able to glide from tree to tree using ‘wings’ that stretch between its legs.

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Tapir

Tapir

Tapir

Tapirs are large, pig-like herbivorous mammals. They have ‘mini-trunks’, with which they manipulate food and other objects. There are five species of tapir: the Brazilian tapir, Malayan tapir, Baird’s tapir, kabomani tapir, and mountain tapir.

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Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial found on the Australian island state of Tasmania. This nocturnal animal is known for its terrifying night-time screams.

The Tasmanian devil is currently endangered due to the highly contagious Devil facial tumour disease.

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Tiger

Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger

The tiger is the world’s largest cat. This beautiful but deadly animal is a member of the genus Panthera, which also includes lions, jaguars, leopards and snow leopards. There are 6 surviving tiger subspecies. These include the Bengal tiger, Sumatran tiger and Siberian tiger.

The tiger is an endangered species, with fewer than 4,000 existing in the wild.

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Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

Considered by some to be even deadlier than the great white shark, the tiger shark is an efficient ocean predator. Its name comes from the tiger-like stripes that run along the fish’s body.

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Toucan

Toucan

Toucan

Toucans are crow-sized birds with extra-large, brightly-colored bills. Toucans live in the tropical forests of South and Central America.

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Uakari

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari

Uakaris are distinctive monkeys with bald faces and short tails. Their hair is long and shaggy. There are four species of uakari. All are found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Ulysses Butterfly

Papilio ulysses ambiguus Rothschild, 1895

Ulysses Butterfly

The Ulysses butterfly is a large, strikingly-colored butterfly that is found in Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands. It has a wingspan of around 14 cm (5.5 in.)

Utah Prairie Dog

Utah-Präriehund

Utah Prairie Dog

The Utah prairie dog is an endangered mammal found only in the state of Utah, USA. It inhabits grasslands, where it builds large tunnel systems. It has been persecuted by farmers because it can cause extensive damage to crops.

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Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat

Vampire bats are flying mammals that drink the blood of their sleeping prey. There are three species of vampire bat that feed only on blood. These “true” vampire bats are: the common vampire bat, the hairy-legged vampire bat and the white-winged vampire bat.

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Vervet Monkey

vervet monkey

Vervet monkey

The vervet monkey is a primate found in southern and eastern Africa. The vervet monkey has different alarm calls depending on what predator is threatening the group.

Virginia Opossum

Virginia opossum carrying babies

Virginia Opossum

The Virginia opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada. The Virginia oppossum pretends to be dead when it is threatened. This behavior gave rise to the saying ‘playing possum’.

Find out more about the Virginia Opossum here: Virginia Opossum Facts

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Walrus

Walrus

Walrus

The walrus is a large marine mammal that lives in the Arctic. Both males and females have long tusks. Among the pinnipeds (the group of animals that includes seals, sealions and the walrus), only the two species of elephant seal are larger than the walrus.

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West Indian Manatee

manatee

West Indian manatee

There are two subspecies of West Indian manatee: the Florida manatee and the Antillean manatee. These graceful herbivores are also known as ‘sea cows’.

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Whale Shark

whale shark

Whale shark

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world. It is also one of only three sharks that are filter feeders (the other two are the basking shark and the megamouth shark).

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Wolf

(See Eurasian wolf)

Wolverine

Wolverine

Wolverine

The wolverine is a member of the Mustelidae (weasel) family that also includes badgers, otters and stoats. The wolverine has a fearsome reputation that is well-deserved; it has been known to drive away wolves and bears that are after its food.

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Wombat

Wombat in the wild

Wombat

Wombats are medium-sized, barrel-shaped, burrowing marsupials. There are three species of wombat, and they are found in a variety of habitats in southeast Australia.

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X-Ray Tetra

x ray tetra

X-Ray Tetra

The X-ray tetra is a small fish found in several South American rivers including the Amazon and the Orinoco. It gets its name due to its translucent (see-through) body.

Xantus’s Hummingbird

Hylocharis xantusii

Xantus’s Hummingbird

Xantus’s Hummingbird is a mid-sized, green hummingbird found in Baja California, Mexico. Like all hummingbirds, it uses its long beak to feed on nectar from plants.

Xenops

xenops

Xenops

Xenops are small birds found in South and Central America. They have brown backs and distinctive eye stripes. They hunt for insects on the bark of trees.

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Yak

Yak

Yaks are large, hooved mammals found in the Himalaya region of southern Asia. There are two species of yak: the domestic yak Bos grunniens and the wild yak Bos mutus, from which the domestic species was descended. The yak provides food and milk for local people, and is also used as a means of transport.

Yellow-Eyed Penguin

yellow eyed penguin

Yellow-Eyed Penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin is an endangered penguin found in New Zealand. As its name suggests, it has yellow eyes. It can also be identified by the band of yellow that runs around the back of its head.

Yabby

Yabby

Yabby

The yabby is a species of crayfish (a freshwater crustacean that resembles a small lobster) found in swamps, streams, lakes and rivers throughout much of east Australia.

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Zebra

Zebra

Zebra

Zebras are members of the horse family Equidae. They are instantly recognizable due to their distinctive black and white striped coats. All three species of zebra are found in Africa.

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Zebra duiker

Cephalophus zebra

Zebra Duiker

 

The zebra duiker is a species of antelope found in West Africa. Its name comes from the zebra-like markings on its back. A herbivore, the zebra duiker forages for fruit, leaves and other plant material in the rainforests in which it lives.

Zorro

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Culpeo / Andean Fox

‘Zorro’ is Spanish for ‘fox’, and the word is used to refer to South American members of the dog family Canidae in the genus Lycaloplex. The genus includes species such as the culpeo, the South American gray fox, and the hoary fox.

A to Z Animals List: Conclusion

We hope that you have enjoyed this A-Z list of animals, and have discovered some amazing new species! What is your favorite animal? Are there any animals we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “A to Z Animals List With Pictures, Facts & Information for Kids & Students

  1. madeleine brewster

    hi,
    I was just wondering why your list of animals does not include Yabbies. They are great, interesting beings that deserve to be included.
    thanks

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Madeleine,

      Thank you for your suggestion! You’re right, yabbies are fascinating creatures.
      We’ve already included the yabby in our Australian Animals List, and the species will also be featured here very soon!

      Regards,

      The Active Wild team.

      Reply

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