Learn Japanese Animal Vocabulary

Jungle Animals
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There are kanji characters for hippopotamus (河馬), giraffe (麒麟), mouse (鼠), camel (駱駝), squirrel (栗鼠), zebra (縞馬), rabbit (兎) and goat (山羊), but they are often written in hiragana or katakana. 

The counter for small animals is "hiki (匹)" and for large animals is "tou (頭)".

  • Inu ga go-hiki imasu. 犬が五匹います。 --- There are five dogs.
  • Watashi wa kuma o ni-tou mimashita. 私は熊を二頭見ました。 --- I saw two bears.

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doubutsu 動物animals
buta 豚pig
hitsuji 羊sheep
inu 犬dog
kaba かばhippopotamus
kitsune 狐fox
kirin キリンgiraffe
kuma 熊bear
neko 猫cat
nezumi ねずみmouse
ookami 狼wolf
raion ライオンlion
rakuda らくだcamel
risu りすsquirrel
saru 猿monkey
shika 鹿deer
shimauma しまうまzebra
tora 虎tiger
tori 鳥bird
usagi うさぎrabbit
ushi 牛cow/ox
uma 馬horse
yagi やぎgoat
zou 象elephant