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Master What Are Animals Called In German

Do you know the German word for cat? How about the strange and funny names some German animals have? Well we aim to give you as much information as you need about German animal vocabulary in this latest article.

Learning German related to animals is going to be a breeze with our translations and handy pronunciations you can listen to to help you practice sounding like a native speaker.

We’ll be looking at German vocabulary related to farm animals, exotic animals, common animals, German pets and their names and more!

Are you ready to learn what are animals called in German? Let’s get going!

What Is The National Animal Of Germany?

The national animal of Germany can be seen on the federal coat of arms and is a golden eagle. It’s often depicted as having black feathers and red feet. It’s also the national symbol of Germany and its national bird.

Why Is The Eagle The National Symbol of Germany?

German national animal

Throughout history, an eagle has imbued the idea of supreme and divine status. An eagle also represents the vitality and the sun. Unfortunately, this particular black eagle is endangered in Germany and the rest of Europe.

What Are Native Animals Called In German?

Germany, being located in a temperate climate means they have a whole plethora of fauna for you to potentially see. Of course, like in any country, the majority of animals stay away from urban areas and are best seen while hiking or on road trips into the wilds of Germany.

Here are some common animals found in Germany along with their German animal names.

Chamois (Gämse)

Animals native to germany

Found in mountainous areas, gämse look a lot like goats and like goats, are hunted or farmed for their meat. Germans refer to this meat as a delicacy. In the wild, you may see them bounding up in the air as high as 19 feet and running at speeds around 30 miles per hour!

Red Fox (Roter Fuchs)

Animal native to germany

Red foxes have no qualms about where they live. You’ll find them in farmhouses, cities (even right downtown) or out in the countryside. If you’ve ever read The Fantastic Mr Fox, then you’ll know just how mischievous these creatures are. They can also be hunted for sport, although it’s not as popular an event as it is over in England.

Greater Horseshoe Bat (Große Hufeisennase)

bats native to germany

The Greater Horseshoe Bat isn’t your typical bat. It’s the largest of its kind in Europe and lives longer than any other bat. Some have been recorded as aged over 30 years old! You may see them flying overhead at night anywhere throughout the country as they can live in numerous locations, even inside people’s roofs.

Bicolored Shrew (Zweifarbige Spitzmaus)

rodents native to germany

Appearing more like a spikeless hedgehog than anything else, the bicolored shrew is found in eastern, southern, and central Europe. It’s a nocturnal creature and you’re really only likely to come across one camping or on farmland.

European Badger (Europäischer Dachs)

More animals native to germany

Don’t let its cuteness fool you! Badgers no matter where they’re found are rather vicious creatures. They’re highly protective of their burrows and young. They hibernate during the winter so you’re most likely to see them in spring and autumn when they’re most actively looking for and scavenging for food.

Wild Boar (Wildschwein)

Wild animals native to germany

The wild boar is hunted for a sport in Germany. It can be a rather nasty beast should it choose to run at you. They can run fast and are known to gore people, so stay away from them if you can when you’re hiking though the German forests!

European Wildcat (Europäische Wildkatze)

Cats native to germany

The European wildcat is sort of like a large house cat, except it prefers to hunt larger mammals like rabbits. Definitely not friendly like a housecat, these will be a rare site to see out in the wild.

European Pine Marten (Europäischer Baummarder)

fauna native to germany

So cute! The European pine marten is related to badgers, weasels, otters, and minks. They are largely nocturnal so you’re unlikely to see one. They eat eggs and small creatures and live in burrows.

Fire Salamander (Feuersalamander)

lizards native to germany

Be careful! These guys release poison! Most poison is released near the head, but its entire body can release toxins as well which are harmful to humans, hence its name. The fire salamander is typically found in cool and wet high-altitude forests near a pond or stream. They look pretty, but don’t touch!

Alpine Ibex (Alpensteinbock)

Mountain goats Germany

The Ibex is essentially a wild mountain goat. They are easily seen in the mountain regions of Germany and don’t shy away from people. Males and females tend to live separately and the ones with horns are the males.

Which Animals In Germany Are Considered Endangered?

Besides Germany’s national bird, the black eagle, there are a few other animals that if you get to see them would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here are three of the more critically endangered German animals.

Gray Wolf (Grauer Wolf)

Endangered animals germany

Amazingly gray wolves returned to Germany in the 90s after being considered extinct for more than 100 years. A few dozen roam the lands wild and their numbers appear to be increasing, however, hunters remain the greatest threat to their continued existence.

Eurasian Otter (Eurasischer Fischotter)

Endangered fauna in germany

The Eurasian otter was hunted to extinction but recently was reintroduced to the region. With continued pollution of their habitats though, it’s unclear if the efforts will work as their main food sources are being poisoned.

Danube Salmon (Donaulachs)

Endangered fish in germany

Home to the German Back Forest is the largest species of Salmon in Europe. With the potential to grow more than 5 feet long, they have been hunted to endangerment but other factors such as dams, deforestation and pollution are playing a role in their population decline as well.

Hilarious German Animal Names

So it turns out the Germans have an amazing sense of humor when it comes to naming some common German animals. For instance, can you guess which animal is spiky pig, little earth man or stink animal? Let’s find out!

1. Nose Bear

Real name: Anteater

Name in German: Der Nasenbär

2.Wash Bear

Real name: Raccoon

Name in German: Der Waschbär

3. Flutter Mouse

Real name: Bat

Name in German: die Fledermaus

4. Threatening Chicken

Real name: Turkey

Name in German: der Truthahn

6. Lazy Animal

Real name: Sloth

Name in German: das Faultier

7. Belt Animal

Real name: Armadillo

Name in German: das Gürteltier

8. Beak Animal

Real name: Platypus

Name in German: das Schnabeltier

9. Stink Animal

Real name: Skunk

Name in German: das Stinktier

10. Little Earth Man

Real name: Meerkat

Name in German: das Erdmännchen

11. River Horse

Real name: Hippo

Name in German: das Nilpferdd

12. Spike Pig

Real name: Porcupine

Name in German: das Stachelschwein

13.Water Pig

Real name: Capybara

Name in German: das Wasserschwein

Vocabulary List Of Common Animal Names In German

Let’s go over these lists we’ve made of different animal names in German and their meaning! Each vocabulary list of animals in German is divided into categories making it easier to learn the German word you’re looking for.

Zoo Animal Names In German

Who doesn’t love a zoo?! These are some of the more familiar zoo animal names in German that you may see at zoos across Germany.

zoo animals called in german
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
AntelopeAntilope
BeaverBiber
BoarWildschwein
BuffaloBüffel
CamelKamel
CheetahGepard
CougarPuma
ElephantElefant
FlamingoFlamingo
FoxFuchs
GazelleGazelle
GiraffeGiraffe
HippopotamusNilpferd
HyenaHyäne
KangarooKänguru
KoalaKoala
LemurLemur
LionLöwe
LynxLuchs
MeerkatErdmännchen
MongooseMungo
OtterOtter
PandaPanda
PenguinPinguin
Polar BearEisbär
PorcupineStachelschwein
RhinocerosNashorn
TigerTiger
WildebeestGnu
WolfWolf
WombatWombat
ZebraZebra

Farm Animals in German

There are petting zoos and farms across Germany where you can stop in and enjoy farm life. Here are some farm animal names in German that you’ll be sure to recognize.

farm animals called in german
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
Alpacaalpaka
BullBulle
ChickenHuhn
CowKuh
Deerreh
DonkeyEsel
DuckEnte
GoatZiege
GooseGans
HenHenne
HorsePferd
LlamaLama
MuleMaultier
OstrichStrauß
OxOchse
PigSchwein
RabbitKaninchen
RoosterHahn
SheepSchaf
TurkeyTruthahn

How To Say Pet Names In German

Ahh pets! You’ll be wanting to know these if you’re interested in buying a pet or visiting the home of someone who has a pet.

Pets called in German
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
BirdVogel
CatKatze
ChinchillaChinchilla
DogHund
FerretFrettchen
GerbilRennmaus
GoldfishGoldfisch
Guinea pigMeer-schwein-chen
HamsterHamster
HedgehogIgel
MouseMaus
NewtMolch
ParrotPapagei
PartridgeRebhuhn
RabbitKaninchen
RatRatte

Jungle Animal Names In German

While Germany doesn’t have a jungle or a rainforest, you might be interested in what some of these animals are called anyways.

EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
AardvarkErdferkel
AlligatorAlligator
ArmadilloGürteltier
BaboonPavian
ChimpanzeeSchimpanse
CrocodileKrokodil
FrogFrosch
GibbonGibbon
HummingbirdKolibri
IguanaLeguan
JaguarJaguar
LeopardLeopard
LizardEchse
OcelotOzelot
OrangutanOrang-Utan
PangolinSchuppentier
PantherPanther
SlothFaultier
SnakeSchlange
TapirTapir
ToucanTukan

Bird Names In The German Language

Many people around the world love birds. While we didn’t include every bird name in German, we tried to include some common or interesting ones.

birds called in german
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
Atlantic PuffinPapageitaucher
BudgieWellensittich
ChickenHuhn
CockatooKakadu
DuckEnte
EagleAdler
MagpieElster
OwlEule
ParrotPapagei
RavenRabe
Sea-GullMöwe
SparrowSpatz
SwallowSchwalbe
SwanSchwan
VultureGeier

Sea Animals In German

Heading to the beach? Well, there are actually a few beaches in Northern Germany to check out where you may see some of these sea creatures.

sea animals called in german
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
ClamMuschel
CodDorsch
CoralKoralle
CrabKrebs
DolphinDelphin
EelAal
FishFisch
JellyfishQualle
LobsterHummer
ManateeSeekuh
MusselMuschel
OctopusKrake
OysterAuster
Sea turtleMeeres-schildkröte
Sea UrchinSeeigel
SeahorseSeepferdchen
SealRobbe
SharkHai
ShrimpKrabbe
SquidTintenfisch
StarfishSeestern
WalrusWalross
WhaleWal

German Animal Names For Insects

Dreaded or beloved insects… here is what some are called in German in case you see one and want to scream or point out how beautiful it is!

insects called in german
EnglishGerman TranslationPronunciation
antmeise
beeBiene
beetleKäfer
butterflySchmetterling
caterpillarRaupe
flyfliegen
mosquitoMoskito
spiderSpinne
waspWespe

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