Languages › Spanish Names of Zoo Animals in Spanish Some have separate male, female forms Share Flipboard Email Print Un chimpancé y un niño. (A chimpanzee and a boy.). Doris Rudd Designs, Photography / Getty Images Spanish Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation Writing Skills Grammar By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated February 10, 2020 How well do you know the names of animals in Spanish? Here are the Spanish names for the animals you will find at many zoos as well as notes about the grammar related to animals. In Spanish, a zoo is typically known as un jardín zoológico, un zoológico, or simply un zoo. Note that because of regional variations, names in actual use are sometimes different than those here, although these names will be understood everywhere. Anfibios — Amphibians la rana — frogla salamandra — salamanderel sapo — toadel tritón — newt Aves — Birds el águila (feminine noun) — eagleel albatros — albatrossel avestruz — ostrichel buitre — vultureel búho — owlla cigüeña — storkla cacatúa — cockatooel colimbo — loon, diverla cotorra, el loro — parrotel emú — emuel flamenco — flamingoel ganso — goosela garza — heronla gaviota — seagullla grulla — craneel halcón — falcon, hawkla ibis — ibisla lechuza, el búho — owlel ñandú — rheala oca — goosela paloma — doveel pato — duckel pavo — turkeyel pavo real — peacockel pelícano — pelicanel pingüino — penguinel somormujo — grebeel tucán — toucan Mamíferos— Mammals el alce — elk, moosela ardilla — squirrella ballena — whaleel caballo — horseel camello — camelel canguro — kangaroola cebra — zebrael cerdo — pigel chimpancé — chimpanzeeel ciervo — deerel elefante — elephantla foca — sealel gálago — galagoel gibón — gibbonel gorila — gorillael guepardo — cheetahla jirafa — giraffeel hipopótamo — hippopotamusel oso hormiguero — anteaterel koala — koalael león — lionel león marino — sea lionel leopardo — leopardel lobo — wolfel manatí — manateela marsopa — porpoiseel mono — monkeyla nutria — otterel oso — bearel panda — pandael pecarí — peccaryel rinoceronte — rhinocerosel tapir — tapirel tigre — tigerel alce, el uapití — elkel visón — minkel zorro — fox Reptiles — Reptiles el lagarto, el aligátor — alligatorla culebra — snakeel cocodrilo — crocodileel caimán — caimanel serpiente — snakela tortuga — turtle, tortoise Animales de Granja — Farm Animals la abeja — beeel cerdo — pigel caballo — horseel gallo — roosterla oveja — sheepel pavo — turkeyel pollo, la gallina — chickenel toro — bullla vaca — cow Gender of Animals In most cases, the same word is used to refer the male animals of a species as is used for the females. However, as in English, there are some distinctive forms, such as vaca (cow) for the female of the bovine species and toro (bull) for the male. Animals with differentiated forms are listed below. The one that is listed first is the one you can use as the species name. For example, a group of cattle can be referred to as vacas even if bulls are included, just as in English we can refer to a group of mixed-sex cattle as cows. Similarly, if you saw a single bovine in the distance and didn't know whether it's a cow or bull, you could simply call it a vaca. el burro, la burra — donkey; type of female donkey or jennyel caballo, la yegua — stallion or male horse, mare or female horseel conejo, la coneja — male rabbit, female rabbitel elefante, la elefanta — male elephant, female elephantel gato, la gata — male cat, female catla gallina, el gallo — hen or chicken, roosterel lagarto, la lagarta — male lizard, female lizardel león, la leona — male lion, female lion or lionessel oso, la osa — male/female bearla oveja, el carnero — ewe or male sheep, ram or female sheepel perro, la perra — male dog, female dog or bitchel ratón, la ratona — male mouse, female mouseel tigre, la tigresa — male tiger, female tiger or tigressla vaca, el toro — cow, bull If you need to distinguish between the female and male of a species and there aren't separate names, you can use the invariable adjective hembra or macho, respectively. Thus you could refer to a female koala as un koala hembra and a male koala as un koala macho. Using the Personal A With Animals Although the personal a is normally used with people, it can be used with animals such as pets that the speaker has an emotional attachment to. Note the difference in these two sentences: Vi un perro con un solo ojo. (I saw a dog with just one eye. The speaker is referring to an otherwise unknown dog.)El veterinario sacrificó a mi perra de nueve años. (The veterinarian euthanized my 9-year-old dog. The speaker is referring to a pet that she thinks of as a personality.) Groups of Animals Spanish as numerous words for groups of animals, with the collective noun used depending on the species and where the animals are found. The assignment of a group name is often arbitrary, as it is in English. Manada is one of most common names for a group of animals that walk together in the wild. Although it is often the equivalent of "herd," la manada is used with animals that "herd" isn't. For example, a group of turkeys can be known as una manada de pavos. Other types of animals that can congregate in manadas include wolves, gnus, wolves, lions, horses, monkeys, and hyenas, among many others. A group of domesticated animals is sometimes known as un rebaño, similar to "flock." It is used with sheep and cows and sometimes even wild animals such as wolves. Ganado is used similarly to manada and rebaño. Bandada can be used for groups of birds or fishes. Sometimes the suffix -ada can be used with the name of an animal to refer to a group. Examples include pollada (flock of chickens), torada (herd of bulls), and vacada (herd of cows). Key Takeaways For most animals, the gender of the animal name is used for both males and females of the species, although some animal names have distinctive gendered forms.Hembra and macho are adjectives used in describing female and male animals, respectively.The personal a is used when talking about pets or other animals that are an object of affection.