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100+ Animal Names In Spanish: Fascinating Vocabulary List

April 21, 2022

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Nature is so fascinating that learning animal names in Spanish is probably one of the most exciting parts of your journey towards fluency. There is no doubt that discovering the world of animals in Spanish is a wonderful way to practice and reinforce your language skills. 

This vocabulary will not be useful only to you. If you have children, nephews, or small cousins you would like to teach Spanish to, you can practice your abilities by teaching them what you will learn here. 

To learn about animals, we should have some examples of the different species. So you will not only learn about animal names in Spanish, but you will also get to know what animals can be found in Spain or Latin America.

We will cover them all from domestic to wildlife, from sea animals to jungle animals! So, next time you travel to any Spanish-speaking country and encounter any species native to the place, you will know what they are called. 

Let's get started!

 

How To Say Animals In Spanish?

If you are here, surely you like animals as much as I do, and you would love to know more vocabulary about them, but first, we need to learn some basics. In Spanish, what is the term for 'Animals' and 'Animal'?

Los Animales (Plural)

El Animal (Singular) 

How To Spell Animals In Spanish? 

Even though the plural 'animal' is written the same way as in English, the pronunciation is different.

Animal: ah-nee-mahl 

Animales: ah-nee-mah-les

Try listening to the sound to keep track of the pronunciation and practice as much as possible. 

 

Basic Animal Names In Spanish

Let's begin with this ultimate list of animal names, from ocean to mountains, from air to jungle; we will cover even some animals that you probably have never heard of. Ready? Let's dive in!

Domestic Animals

animal names in spanish

Do you have any pets? They are the joy of our life! For example, if you own a dog, next time, instead of thinking it's a 'dog,' try thinking in its Spanish term. If you want to reach fluency, your inner monologue has to change towards Spanish, even when referring to your pet! 

First things first. How to say 'pet' in Spanish?

La mascota (The Pet)

Las mascotas (The pets)

Now that you know that, let's begin with animal vocabulary with its respective plural form:

SpanishEnglish
El gatoThe cat
Los gatosThe cats
El perroThe dog
Los perrosThe dogs
El hámsterThe hamster
Los HamstersThe hamsters
El conejoThe rabbit
Los conejosThe rabbits
El pájaroThe bird 
Los pájarosThe birds
Los canariosThe canaries
El pezThe fish
Los pecesThe fish (plural)
La TortugaTurtle
Las TortugasTurtles

'La Granja' - Farm Animals In Spanish

animal names in spanish
Ternero - Calf

The word for 'farm' in Spanish is 'granja.' 'La granja' is agricultural land where you can find animals such as horses, cows, or pigs. Learn how to name these animals in the following list:

SpanishEnglish
CaballoHorse
YeguaMare
PoniPony
PotroFoal
OvejaSheep
ToroBull
VacaCow
Ternero/aCalf 
BurroDonkey
CabraGoat 
CerdoPig
GallinaHen
GalloRooster 
PolloChicken 
PollitoChick
PatoDuck
PavoTurkey
Pavo RealPeacock
La avestruzThe Ostrich

 

Animals In Spanish Vocabulary: Species Of Latin America, Spain, And The Rest Of The World

In this section, you will find categories of Spanish animals, Latin American animals, and a big list of all the world's animals for you to learn.

Animals You Can Find In Spain

animal names in spanish
Foca - Seal
SpanishEnglish
Foca monjeMonk seal
Focha común/Fulica atraEurasian coot
Lagartija carpetanaCyren's rock lizard
Pez SamarucSamaruc fish
Murciélago ratonero patudoLong-fingered bat
Avispón europeoVespa crabro
Lince ibéricoLynx pardinus

Wild Animals In Latin America

animal names in spanish
Alpaca

Below is a list of wild animals that exist in various regions of Latin America.

SpanishEnglish
La alpacaAlpaca
La llamaLlama
El gallito de las Rocas(Cocks-of-the-rock)
Sounds funny in English, but no pun intended!
This animal is the national bird of Peru.
La tarántula rosada chilenaChilean rose tarantula
Perezoso bayoBrown-throated sloth
Loro/PapagayoParrot

Spectacular Wild Animals Of Ecuador

The following animal vocabulary in Spanish is dedicated to my beautiful country, Ecuador. A small nation with immense biodiversity and beauty in its four regions. The following are some native animals of the country.

If you travel through Ecuador, you will be able to see some of these animals and name them in Spanish! You will also know the name of their specific species.

Amazonas (Amazon)

animal names in spanish
Jaguar
SpanishEnglish
Jaguar/Panthera oncaJaguar/Panthera onca
Águila harpíaHarpy Eagle
Guacamayo/Loro real AmazónicoMacaw/Yellow-crowned Amazon 
Armadillo giganteGiant armadillo
Delfín rosadoPink dolphin
Anaconda verdeGreen Anaconda
CapibaraCapybara
Rana de flecha verde y negraThe green-and-black poison dart frog
Mono Tití pigmeo/El tití de vientre rojoMonkey Pygmy Marmoset

Sierra (Andes Mountains)

animal names in spanish
Condor
SpanishEnglish
Cóndor de Los AndesAndean Condor
Oso de anteojosSpectacled bear
La lagartija serranaMountain lizard
El pumaThe Puma
El guanacoThe guanaco
CuyGuinea pig
Lobo de páramoMoor wolf
El zorro del altiplanoThe highland fox
Oso perezosoSloth bear
Venado de páramoMoor deer

Costa (Coast)

animal names in spanish
Oso hormiguero gigante - Giant anteater
SpanishEnglish
Oso hormiguero giganteGiant anteater
Ballenas jorobadasHumpback whales
Mono aulladorHowler monkey
Mofeta/ZorrilloSkunk
ComadrejasWeasels

Islas Galápagos (Galapagos Islands)

animal names in spanish
Tortuga de Galápagos- Galapagos Tortoise
SpanishEnglish
Tortuga Gigante de GalápagosGalápagos Giant Tortoise
Iguana MarinaMarine Iguanas
Iguana Terrestre de GalápagosGalápagos land Iguana
Piquero de Patas AzulesBlue-footed booby
Fragata Frigatebird
Pinzones de DarwinDarwin’s Finches
Zayapa/Cangrejo RojoSally Lightfoot Crabs
Albatros de las GalapagosWaved Albatross
Pingüino de GalápagosGalapagos Penguin

 

Complete List Of Animals In Spanish

Sea Animals

animal names in spanish
Delfines - Dolphins
SpanishEnglish
DelfínDolphin
El cangrejoCrab
LangostaLocust
CamarónShrimp
TiburónShark
TruchaTrout
Manta rayaRay
CalamarSquid
Caballito de marSeahorse
MedusaJellyfish
PulpoOctopus
El cocodriloCrocodile

Air Animals

animal names in spanish
Búho - Owl
SpanishEnglish
BúhoOwl
ÁguilaEagle
HalcónFalcon
GaviotaSeagull
CuervoRaven
GrullaCrane
ColibríHummingbird

Land Animals

animal names in spanish
León - Lion
SpanishEnglish
El leónLion
El tigreTiger
BúfaloBuffalo
MapacheRacoon
El CiervoDeer
CamelloCamel
El hurónThe Ferret
NutriaOtter
AntílopeAntelope
JirafaGiraffe
LagartoLizzard
La ardillaThe Squirrel
El osoBear
GorilaGorilla
GecoGecko
ChimpancéChimpanzee
HienaHyena
SapoToad
SerpienteSnake
ZorroFox
LoboWolf
El HipopótamoHippopotamus
RatonesMice
RatónMouse
RataRat
El elefanteThe Elephant
PuercoespínHedgehog
CastorBeaver
CebraZebra

Bugs (Insectos)

animal names in spanish
Mariquita - Ladybug
SpanishEnglish
EscorpiónScorpion
La AbejaBee
Las mariposasButterflies
MariquitaLadybug
ArañaSpider
HormigaAnt
MosquitoMosquito
MoscoFly
GrilloCricket
AvispaWasp
LibélulaDragonfly

 

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What is the best way for you to practice this vocabulary? Traveling the world and talking while seeing these animals in person! Visit locations and explore every site you've always wanted to visit. If you love animals, try going green to observation places. Start naming them in Spanish instead of your native language when seeing them in person.

The Planet is undoubtedly a beauty without equal, with so many impressive animals! I hope you have had fun with this post learning about nature. If you are planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country, don't hesitate to read the massive guide of Spanish words that every tourist should learn before traveling, and how to introduce yourself.

animal names in spanish

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