Languages › Japanese Learn Japanese Animal Vocabulary Share Flipboard Email Print Kohei Hara / Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated January 28, 2019 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. Click the link to hear the pronunciation. 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 Using the Japanese Particles Wa and Ga Correctly All About the Japanese Particles Wa and Ga Umi no mizu wa naze karai - Learn from a Story Learn the Words That Are Used for Counting in Japanese Do You Know the Many Usages of "O" and "No" in Japanese? Singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in Japanese Learn Basic Japanese Needed for Ordering at a Restaurant Learn Difference Between Japanese Words "Kudasai" and "Onegaishimasu" What Does Aisuru Mean? How to Use Japanese to Say "Want" or "Desire" Using Verbs of Change in Japanese Mother's Day: Haha no Hi Ubasute yama - Learn from a Story Frequently Asked Questions in Introductory Japanese Japanese Particle Information (Bakari) What is the Ko-So-A-Do System?