20+ Wild Animal Names in English with their Characteristics

Wild animal names in english is a list of names that represent English meaning. There are lot of meaning for each wild animal name in english, there’s a story behind each name and you can learn interesting facts from it. So let’s begin with this list. Some are wild animals and some are domestic or farm animals. In this lesson we will study some wild animals.

Wild Animal Names in English

20+ Wild Animal Names in English with their Characteristics


Walrus is a large flippered marine mammal animal with a discontinuous circumpolar distribution in the Arctic Ocean, especially in arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, Russia and Alaska.

The name walrus is derived from a Germanic language spoken by an ancient germanic tribe known as sea-going people.


The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.

There are several theories about the origin of its name according to some people it’s named for its camel – like shape, resembling a camel’s humped back, and this opinion was supported by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a son of Lucien Bonaparte who was one of the leading naturalists at the beginning of the 19th century.


An elephant is a large terrestrial mammal of the family Elephantidae and order Proboscidea. The word “elephant” has its origins in the Greek term “elephas”, which means ivory.


A lion is one of the big cats in genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

The word “lion” is ultimately derived from Latin: leō which probably derives from the PIE root *leu- “to lay out (flat), to loosen, to open”.


A dolphin is a marine mammal of the order Cetacea, easily identified by its spindle-shaped body and prominent forelimbs.


A crocodile is any species belonging to the family Crocodylidae (sometimes classified instead as the subfamily Crocodylinae). The term may also be used more loosely to include all members of the order Crocodyliformes, which includes the alligator snapping turtle, the false gharial and five other families.


A turtle is a reptile, typically shelled. Turtles are often called “tortoises” in common usage; however, there are distinct differences between the two groups.


Pengwings (order Sphenisciformes , family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica.


The chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), also known as the common chimpanzee, robust chimpanzee, or even simply “chimp”, is an ape that is native to the forests and jungles of equatorial Africa.


A lionfish is a marine fish belonging to the family Scorpaenidae, one of the largest sea-faring families. The lionfish is also known as the “queenfish”.


An owl is a diurnal bird of prey usually characterized by large eyes, ears and a facial disk shaped like a flattened sphere.


An otter is any of 13 extant species of semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. The male marine otters are referred to as “dog-otters”, to distinguish them from the river otters, because they do not bark.


A whale is a marine mammal belonging to the order Cetacea. Whales are mammals, so they have warm blood, a four-chambered heart and lungs.


A fox is a small to medium sized canid that has distinctive coloring and often an elongated snout called a muzzle. Foxes are carnivorous animals; their diet consisting of small mammals, insects, fruit and plants.


A puma is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Pumas are also known as mountain lion, cougar and panther, although it has been argued that this last term is incorrect because jaguars sometimes have been known by this name.


The dingo is a wild canine found in Australia. The dingo’s closest living relative is the domestic dog.


A foxhound is one of several breeds of dogs originally bred for the purpose of hunting foxes. Foxhounds are generally noted for stamina, scenting ability and voice.

20+ Wild Animal Names in English with their Characteristics


A porpoise is any of seven toothed whale species belonging to the infraorder Cetacea. The porpoises are the genera Phocoena and Stenella, or possibly all members of both genera.


Woodpeckers are birds with chisel-like beaks, which they use to excavate nesting holes for their eggs, and also as a weapon or a tool for foraging.


A crane is any of several large long-necked waterbirds (family Gruidae) having predominantly grey plumage. It includes the tribe Gruini and the genus Grus.


A deer is any of 34 species in the family Cervidae that are mostly found in forested or shrubby areas. Deer vary from the tiny muntjac to the large elk.


A mink is a semiaquatic mammal of the family Mustelidae, which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, badgers and wolverines. The rights of the mink are protected in North America by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.


A llama is a domesticated South American camelid used as a pack animal or beast of burden. It resembles a sheep in appearance, but its closest living relative is the camel.


The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes nicknamed the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.


A bird of prey, especially one having short feathered legs and strong talons. Eagles are classified in the bird class with hawks, kites, owls, vultures and many others.


The ostrich is a large flightless bird native to Africa. It is the largest living species of bird.


A typical seagull is the great black-backed gull or simply “great black-backed gull”, which breeds throughout the temperate and subarctic northern hemisphere, The lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus) and American herring gull (L. smithsonianus) are also referred to as seagulls, but only some individuals of these species choose to live by the sea.


A bear is a large mammal in the order Carnivora. It is a taxonomic unit, encompassing members of the family Ursidae (including the black bear and brown bear), the giant panda and Ailuropoda melanoleuca (the red panda).


A tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile from the family Testudinidae. Tortoises typically have a protective shell which covers their body, or they have no shell at all. In general, tortoises are terrestrial, although some tortoises live in or around water.


The coyote (Canis latrans), also known as the American jackal or the prairie wolf, is a canine native to North America. The coyote is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America, southwards through Mexico and into Central America.


A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. The animal’s high intelligence, cunning, adaptability, and alertness contribute to its ability to survive and prosper in the wild.


The lynx (Felis lynx) is most closely related to the domestic cat. It is a European and North American wildcat.


A raccoon (sometimes spelled racoon), often known as a common raccoon, North American raccoon or northern raccoon) is a medium-sized mammal native to North America.


Horses typically have long slender legs, strong flexible joints, a short flat back and good endurance. They are classified in the horse family (Equidae) and this includes related wild species like the zebra.

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20+ Wild Animal Names in English with their Characteristics