Chinese Animal Names

Animals always deliver as a nice topic of conversation to get some small talk going. Watching cat videos in Chinese is just one of many more reasons to learn all basic animal names in Chinese. For even more animals, take a look at our learning resources for Chinese at the end of the page.

pig猪 (zhū)
cow牛 (niú)
horse马 (mǎ)
dog狗 (gǒu)
sheep羊 (yáng)
monkey猴子 (hóu zi)
cat猫 (māo)
bear熊 (xióng)
tiger老虎 (lǎo hǔ)
rabbit兔子 (tù zi)
lion狮子 (shī zi)
elephant大象 (dà xiàng)
chicken鸡 (jī)
duck鸭 (yā)
butterfly蝴蝶 (hú dié)
bee蜜蜂 (mì fēng)
ant蚂蚁 (mǎ yǐ)
fish鱼 (yú)
whale鲸 (jīng)
shark鲨鱼 (shā yú)
dolphin海豚 (hǎi tún)
spider蜘蛛 (zhī zhū)
snake蛇 (shé)
snail蜗牛 (wō niú)
frog青蛙 (qīng wā)
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