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
butapig
hitsujisheep
inudog
kaba かばhippopotamus
kitsunefox
kirin キリンgiraffe
kumabear
nekocat
nezumi ねずみmouse
ookamiwolf
raion ライオンlion
rakuda らくだcamel
risu りすsquirrel
sarumonkey
shika 鹿deer
shimauma しまうまzebra
toratiger
toribird
usagi うさぎrabbit
ushicow/ox
umahorse
yagi やぎgoat
zouelephant