Japanese Animal Names

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

EnglishJapanese
pig豚 (buta)
cow牛 (ushi)
horse馬 (uma)
dog犬 (inu)
sheep羊 (hitsuji)
monkey猿 (saru)
cat猫 (neko)
bear熊 (kuma)
tiger虎 (tora)
rabbitうさぎ (usagi)
lionライオン (raion)
elephant象 (zō)
chicken鶏 (niwatori)
duck鴨 (kamo)
butterfly蝶 (chō)
bee蜂 (hachi)
antアリ (ari)
fish魚 (sakana)
whale鯨 (kujira)
sharkサメ (same)
dolphinイルカ (iruka)
spider蜘蛛 (kumo)
snakeヘビ (hebi)
snailカタツムリ (katatsumuri)
frogカエル (kaeru)
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