Useful Italian Words: Animals (mammals)

What are some names for animals in Italian? Learn them here in this useful animals in Italian lesson.

Animals are many, so this lesson will cover only those Italian animals who give birth to breathing creatures, not eggs. These are called mammals.

Do you know where the word mammal itself comes from? You’re right: from the Latin mamma!

💡 How to make the most out of this lesson? Every ten entries, test yourself and do the interactive exercises. It’s no use memorizing a gazillion words in one go because words need to be committed to memory by training and repetition!

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L’animale
The animal

Il mammifero
The mammal


Animals in Italian 1-10

First ten animals in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud! Each entry features an example sentence.

Cat

Il gatto
The cat

Il gatto dorme di giorno per cacciare di notte.
The cat sleeps during the day to go hunting at night.


Dog

Il cane
The dog

Il cane è il migliore amico dell’uomo.
Dog is man’s best friend.


Mouse

Il topo
The mouse

Ai topi piace davvero il formaggio?
Do mice really like cheese?

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Il topo
The mouse

Wolf

Il lupo
The wolf

I lupi vivono e cacciano in branco.
Wolves live and hunt in packs.


Cow

La mucca
The cow

Le mucche vengono allevate per il loro latte.
Cows are raised for their milk.


Tiger

La tigre
The tiger

Le tigri non dovrebbero stare negli zoo.
Tigers shouldn’t be stuck in zoos.


Lion

Il leone
The lion

Si dice che il ruggito del leone si senta a chilometri di distanza.
It is said that you can hear a lion’s roar from from miles away.


Elephant

L’elefante
The elephant

Gli elefanti hanno una memoria migliore della mia.
Elephants have a better memory than I do.

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L’elefante
The elephant

Bear

L’orso
The bear

Gli orsi amano il miele.
Bears love honey.


Polar bear

L’orso polare
The polar bear

L’orso polare è una specie in via di estinzione?
Is the polar bear an endangered species?

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Animals in Italian 11-20

Here are other ten animals in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud! Each entry features an example sentence.

Horse

Il cavallo
The horse

Hai già sellato il cavallo?
Have you already saddled the horse?


Monkey

La scimmia
The monkey

Le scimmie sono dispettose.
Monkeys are mischievous.


Deer

Il cervo
The deer

I cervi hanno un imponente palco di corna.
Deer have impressive antlers.

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Il cervo
The deer

Fox

La volpe
The fox

La volpe ha una bellissima coda.
The fox has a beautiful tail.


Dolphin

Il delfino
The dolphin

Ai delfini piace farsi accarezzare.
Dolphins like to be stroked.


Rabbit

Il coniglio
The rabbit

È vero che lo scheletro di un coniglio è molto simile a quello di un gatto?
Is it true that a rabbit’s skeleton is very similar to a cat’s one?
(Unfortunately, yes.)


Hare

La lepre
The hare

La lepre corre molto velocemente per fuggire dai predatori.
The hare runs very fast to escape from predators.


Squirrel

Lo scoiattolo
The squirrel

Gli scoiattoli sono abilissimi arrampicatori.
Squirrels are very skilled climbers.

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Lo scoiattolo
The squirrel

Hamster

Il criceto
The hamster

Il mio criceto corre sulla ruota tutta la notte.
My hamster runs on his wheel all night long.


Rhino

Il rinoceronte
The rhino

Ci sono pochissimi esemplari di rinoceronte bianco al mondo.
There are very few white rhinos worldwide.

Do a little exercise!

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Animals in Italian 21-30

Here are other ten animals in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud! Each entry features an example sentence.

Kangaroo

Il canguro
The kangaroo

I canguri sembrano animali tranquilli, ma possono diventare molto aggressivi.
Kangaroos seem to be very quiet animals, but they can become very aggressive.


Panda

Il panda
The panda

Il panda mangia canne di bambù.
The panda eats bamboo shoots.


Cheetah

Il ghepardo
The cheetah

Il ghepardo può correre fino a 90 km/h.
The cheetah can run up to 70 miles per hour.

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Il ghepardo
The cheetah

Giraffe

La giraffa
The giraffe

La giraffa ha un lungo collo per mangiare le foglie degli alberi.
The giraffe has a long neck in order to eat leaves on trees.


Raccoon

Il procione
The raccoon

I procioni si avvicinano spesso alle case per cercare cibo tra i rifiuti.
Raccoons often get near houses to scavenge.


Camel

Il cammello
The camel

Il cammello ha due gobbe.
The camel has two humps.


Zebra

La zebra
The zebra

Il manto della zebra è a strisce bianche e nere.
Zebras have black and white striped fur.

Whale

La balena
The whale

La balena è uno dei più grandi esseri viventi.
The whale is one of the largest living beings.


Bat

Il pipistrello
The bat

I pipistrelli mangiano le zanzare.
Bats eat mosquitos.


Hedgehog

Il riccio
The hedgehog

Sapevi che ai ricci piace il cibo per gatti?
Did you know that hedgehogs like cat foor?

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Il riccio
The hedgehog

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What next?

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