English Vocabulary for Animals

Learn Common Animals in English

This is a lesson to help you learn animal vocabulary in English. There are eight learning methods for you to work through, including five different games and three different types of flashcard. At the end, there are three example sentences for each word.

Vocabulary Games for

The games and flashcards are currently set to test the following [wait...] words:

Table of Contents

  • Match-the-Pairs Game
  • Memory Game
  • Basic Flash Cards
  • Spell-the-Word Game
  • Multi-Choice Test
  • Learn with Hangman!
  • "Sentence" Flash Cards
  • "Missing Word" Flash Cards
  • Example Sentences

Match-the-Pairs Game

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  • Your mission is to match each picture with the correct word in as few a clicks as possible.
  • There are three pictures in each set, and there are sets to complete.
  • Click on your first square to start. Good luck!
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Memory Game

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  • Your mission is to pair pictures with their correct titles in as few a clicks as possible.
  • Click on a card to turn it. Next, try to find its partner by clicking on a second card. (If you fail to find a match with your second click, both cards will turn again.)
  • This is a memory game as well as a vocabulary-learning game.
  • Click on your first card to start. Good luck!
Ranking (Clicks)

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Basic Flash Cards

Spell-the-Word Game

Spell the word represented by the picture.

Multi-Choice Test

Select the correct word or picture.

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is one of the words from the "animals" category. Choose your first letter to start.
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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Create Your Own Version of This Game

Here is the word library for this game:

"Sentence" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the word in a sentence.

"Missing Word" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the missing word in a sentence.

Example Sentences

Here are 3 sentences for each of the following words from the "animals" category:
  • penguin, pig, rhinoceros, rooster, seahorse, shark, sheep, starfish, tiger, turtle, zebra, bear, cat, cheetah, chicken, cow, crab, crocodile, deer, dog, dolphin, donkey, duck, elephant, fish, fox, giraffe, goat, goose, gorilla, hippopotamus, horse, jellyfish, lion, monkey, octopus, owl
penguin

penguin

  • Penguins are excellent swimmers.
  • Penguins waddle when they walk.
  • Penguins live in cold climates.
pig

pig

  • Pigs are farm animals that can be pink or black.
  • Pigs like to roll in the mud to stay cool.
  • Pigs make oinking sounds.
rhinoceros

rhinoceros

  • Rhinoceroses are big animals with thick skin.
  • Rhinoceroses eat plants and have one or two horns on their noses.
  • Rhinoceroses live in Africa and Asia.
rooster

rooster

  • Roosters are male chickens.
  • Roosters wake up early and crow to greet the morning.
  • Roosters have colorful feathers.
seahorse

seahorse

  • Seahorses are tiny fish that live in the ocean.
  • Seahorses have curved bodies and swim upright.
  • Seahorses are good at hiding among coral and seaweed.
shark

shark

  • Sharks are big fish that live in the sea.
  • Sharks have sharp teeth and can swim fast.
  • Sharks are great hunters in the ocean.
sheep

sheep

  • Sheep are fluffy animals often seen on farms.
  • Sheep eat grass and give us wool for clothing.
  • Sheep say "baa" and have curly horns.
starfish

starfish

  • Starfish are ocean animals with five arms.
  • Starfish can grow back lost arms.
  • Starfish come in different colors and patterns.
tiger

tiger

  • Tigers are big cats with orange fur and black stripes.
  • Tigers live in forests and grasslands.
  • Tigers are known for their fierce roar.
turtle

turtle

  • Turtles are reptiles with a hard shell on their back.
  • Turtles move slowly and like to swim in water.
  • Turtles come out of their shells when they feel safe.
zebra

zebra

  • Zebras are black and white striped animals from Africa.
  • Zebras live in groups and graze on grass.
  • Zebras are known for their unique patterns.
bear

bear

  • Bears are big, furry animals that hibernate in the winter.
  • Bears eat fish, berries, and sometimes honey.
  • Bears can be brown, black, or white.
cat

cat

  • Cats are small, furry pets that like to play and cuddle.
  • Cats purr when they are happy.
  • Cats use a litter box for their bathroom.
cheetah

cheetah

  • Cheetahs are fast animals with spots on their fur.
  • Cheetahs can run very quickly to catch their prey.
  • Cheetahs live in Africa.
chicken

chicken

  • Chickens are birds that give us eggs to eat.
  • Chickens cluck and scratch the ground for food.
  • Chickens can come in different colors.
cow

cow

  • Cows are large farm animals that give us milk.
  • Cows have spots or are black and white.
  • Cows like to graze on grass.
crab

crab

  • Crabs are creatures with a hard shell and pincers.
  • Crabs walk sideways on the beach.
  • Crabs live in the ocean and come in different sizes.
crocodile

crocodile

  • Crocodiles are large reptiles that live near water.
  • Crocodiles have strong jaws and sharp teeth.
  • Crocodiles can be found in rivers and swamps.
deer

deer

  • Deer are graceful animals that can be seen in forests.
  • Deer have antlers, and some have spots on their fur.
  • Deer eat plants and leaves.
dog

dog

  • Dogs are friendly pets that come in many breeds.
  • Dogs like to wag their tails and bark.
  • Dogs are loyal and love to play fetch.
dolphin

dolphin

  • Dolphins are intelligent sea creatures that swim in groups.
  • Dolphins leap out of the water and make clicking sounds.
  • Dolphins are known for their friendly behavior.
donkey

donkey

  • Donkeys are sturdy animals often seen on farms.
  • Donkeys have long ears and can carry heavy loads.
  • Donkeys are known for their loud braying sound.
duck

duck

  • Ducks are water birds that quack and swim in ponds and rivers.
  • Ducks have webbed feet, which help them swim.
  • Ducks can be white, brown, or have colorful feathers.
elephant

elephant

  • Elephants are the largest land animals with long trunks.
  • Elephants use their trunks to eat, drink, and grab things.
  • Elephants have big ears and are known for their memory.
fish

fish

  • Fish are creatures that live in water and have fins to swim.
  • Fish come in many shapes and colors.
  • Fish breathe through gills and lay eggs in the water.
fox

fox

  • Foxes are clever animals with bushy tails.
  • Foxes come out at night and can be red or gray.
  • Foxes are known for their sly behavior.
giraffe

giraffe

  • Giraffes are tall animals with long necks and spotted coats.
  • Giraffes eat leaves from tall trees with their long tongues.
  • Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world.
goat

goat

  • Goats are farm animals that eat grass and leaves.
  • Goats have horns on their heads and make bleating sounds.
  • Goats can climb steep mountains and are agile.
goose

goose

  • Geese are water birds that honk and fly in V-shaped formations.
  • Geese have long necks and can be seen in ponds and lakes.
  • Geese come in different types, like Canada geese.
gorilla

gorilla

  • Gorillas are large and powerful primates with black fur.
  • Gorillas live in forests and are known for their strength.
  • Gorillas are gentle and live in family groups.
hippopotamus

hippopotamus

  • Hippopotamuses are huge animals that spend a lot of time in water.
  • Hippopotamuses have large mouths and big teeth.
  • Hippopotamuses can be dangerous, even though they look cute.
horse

horse

  • Horses are strong and fast animals that people ride.
  • Horses come in many colors, like brown, black, and white.
  • Horses can gallop and jump over obstacles.
jellyfish

jellyfish

  • Jellyfish are ocean creatures that have umbrella-shaped bodies.
  • Jellyfish can sting, so it's important to be careful around them.
  • Jellyfish come in different colors and sizes.
lion

lion

  • Lions are big cats that live in groups called prides.
  • Lions have a majestic mane and are known as the "king of the jungle."
  • Lions roar loudly to communicate with other lions.
monkey

monkey

  • Monkeys are clever animals that live in trees and forests.
  • Monkeys have long tails and like to swing from branches.
  • Monkeys eat fruits and insects.
octopus

octopus

  • Octopuses are ocean animals with eight arms.
  • Octopuses can change colors to hide from predators.
  • Octopuses are very smart and can solve puzzles.
owl

owl

  • Owls are birds of prey that come out at night.
  • Owls have big eyes and can turn their heads around.
  • Owls are known for their hooting sounds.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.