170+ Animals in Korean 🐙 The Ultimate Guide for All The Animals!

Learn 170+ Animals in Korean 🐯

If you are a loyal LTL blog reader, you’ll already know all about the Korean alphabet, Korean loanwords, slang and perhaps even swear words!

But how about some basic vocabulary you can use in daily conversations?

Let’s start off this new series of Korean vocabulary articles with a subject we all like to talk about: ANIMALS!

This impressive list of animals in Korean was put together by our team of Korean teachers on Flexi Classes, and we even added a great quiz at the end of the article for you to test your knowledge.

Are you ready? Skip to the chapter you are most interested about:

Animals in Korean | Land mammals

Animals in Korean | Sea animals

Animals in Korean | Birds

Animals in Korean | Marsupials

Animals in Korean | Reptiles

Animals in Korean | Insects

BONUS | Zodiac Animals in Korean

Animals in Korean | Vocab’ Quiz

Animals in Korean | FAQ’s

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Animals in Korean – Land Mammals

This table is organised in alphabetical order.

If you cannot find your favourite animal, press Ctrl+F and type in its name.

Let us know in the comment section what animals in Korean are missing from the list or ones you’d like us to add!

EnglishKoreanRomanization
Anteater 개미핥기 gaemihaltgi
Antelope 영양 yeong-yang
Armadillo 아르마딜로 aleumadilro
Badger 오소리 osori
Bat 박쥐 bakjwi
Bear gom
Beaver 비버 bibeo
Boar 수퇘지 sutwaeji
Camel 낙타 nakta
Cat 고양이 goyang-i
Cheetah 치타 chita
Chimpanzee 침팬지 chimpaenji
Chinchilla 친칠라 chinchilra
Chipmunk 다람쥐 dalam jwi
Cow 암소 amso
Coyote 코요테 koyote
Deer 사슴 saseum
Dog gae
Donkey 당나귀 dangnagwi
Echnida 에크니다 ekeunida
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Animal in Korean is 동물 dongmul

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Elephant 코끼리 kokkiri
Ferret 흰담비 hindambi
Fox 여우 yeo-u
Gazelle 가젤 gajel
Giant panda 판다 panda
Giraffe 기린 girin
Gorilla 고릴라 gorilra
Guinea pig 기니피그 ginipigeu
Hamster 햄스터 haemseuteo
Hedgehog 고슴도치 goseumdochi
Hippopotamus 하마 hama
Human 인간 ingan
Hyena 하이에나 ha i-e-na
Jaguar 재규어 jaegyu-eo
Lemur 여우 원숭이 yeo-u wonsung-i
Leopard 표범 pyobeom
Lion 사자 saja
Meerkat 미어캣 mi-eokaet
Mole 두더지 dudeoji
Moose 무스 mu-seu
Mouse jwi
Mule 노새 nosae
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EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Orangutan 오랑우탄 olang-u tan
Otter 수달 sudal
Panther 표범 pyobeom
Polar bear 북극곰 bukgeukgom
Porcupine bear 고슴도치 goseumdochi
Possum 주머니쥐 jumeonijwi
Puma 퓨마 pyuma
Racoon 너구리 neoguri
Red panda 레서 판다 reseo panda
Reindeer 순록 sunlok
Rhinoceros 코뿔소 koppulso
Sloth 나무늘보 nanuneulbo
Squirrel 청설모 cheongseolmo
Tapir maek
Warthog 멧돼지 metdwaeji
Weasel 족제비 jokjebi
White tiger 백호 baekho
Wolf 늑대 neukdae
Yak 야크 yakeu
Zebra 얼룩말 eolrukmal

Sea Animals in Korean

Here is your chance to find out how to say Squid from Squid Game!

Sea Animal in Korean is 해양 동물 haeyang dongmul

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Barnacle 따개비 ttagaebi
Barracuda 창꼬지 changkkoji
Catfish 메기 megi
Clam 대합 daehap
Clownfish 흰동가리 huindong-gari
Coral 산호 sanho
Crab ge
Cuttlefish 오징어 ojing-eo
Dolphin 돌고래 dolgolae
Eel 뱀장어 baemjang-eo
Fish 생선 saengseon
Flounder 가자미 gajami
Great white shark 백상아리 baeksangari
Horseshoe crab 투구게 tuguge
Jellyfish 해파리 haepari
Lobster 랍스터 rapseuteo
Manta Ray 쥐가오리 jwiga-ori
Octopus 문어 mun-eo
Oyster gul
Piranha 피라냐 piranya
EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Platypus 오리너구리 orineoguri
Prawn 왕새우 wangsa-eu
Pufferfish 복어 bok-eo
Sea lion 바다 사자 bada saja
Sea urchin 성게 seong-ge
Seahorse 해마 haema
Seal 조개 jogae
Shark 상어 sang-eo
Shrimp 새우 sae-u
Squid 오징어 ojing-eo
Starfish 불가사리 bulgasari
Stingray 가오리 ga-ori
Walrus 바다 코끼리 badakokkiri
Whale 고래 gorae
Whale shark 고래 상어 gorae sang-eo

Did you notice that Walrus is in Korean a “beach elephant”?!

Sea Animals in Korean

Animals in Korean – Birds

Bird in Korean is sae

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Chicken dak
Crane 두루미 durumi
Duck 오리 o-ri
Eagle 독수리 doksuri
Emu 에뮤 e-myu
Falcon mae
Flamingo 플라밍고 peulraming-go
Goose 거위 geowi
Hummingbird 벌새 beolsae
Kingfisher 물총새 mulchongsae
Kiwi 키위 kiwi
Magpie 까치 kkachi
Ostrich 타조 tajo
Animals in Korean
EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Owl 올빼미 olppaemi
Parrot 앵무새 aengmusae
Peacock 공작 gongjak
Pelican 펠리컨 pelrikeon
Penguin 펭귄 peng-gwin
Pheasant kkwong
Quail 메추라기 mechuragi
Robin 울새 ulsae
Sparrow 참새 chamsae
Swan 백조 baekjo
Toucan 큰부리새 keunburisae
Vulture 독수리 doksuri
Woodpecker 딱따구리 ttakttaguri

Many names are actually direct phonetic translations from English, such as Penguin or Flamingo.

Not so difficult to remember them isn’t it!

FACT – Very recently, some Korean words were officially entered into the Oxford English Dictionary. 26 words in total, check them out here.

Animals in Korean – Marsupials

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Kangaroo 캥거루 kaeng-geo lu
Koala 코알라 ko-alla
Quokka 쿼카 kwoka
Tasmanian Devil 주머니곰 jumeonigom
Wallabee 왈라비 walrabi
Wombat 웜뱃 wombaet

See how 5 animals out of 6 above have the same name in Korean as in English?

You won’t need to spend too much time learning these ones.

Animals in Korean – Reptiles

You will see this word again in a later chapter but repetition is memory’s best friend: Snake in Korean is 뱀 baem.

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Alligator 악어 ak-eo
Bearded dragon 도마뱀 domabaem
Chameleon 카멜레온 kamelre-on
Cobra 코브라 kobeura
Crocodile 악어 ak-eo
Frog 개구리 gaeguli
Gecko 도마뱀붙이 domabaembut-i
Iguana 이구아나 igu-a-na
Lizard 도마뱀 domabaem
Salamander 도롱뇽 dorongnyong
Toad 두꺼비 dukkeobi
Tortoise 남생이 namsaeng-i
Turtle 거북이 geobuk-i

You read correctly and this is not a mistake, crocodile and alligator in Korean are the same!

Animals in Korean – Insects

We don’t always like them, but we just HAD to include them in our animals in Korean guide because they are indeed animals after all!

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Ant 개미 gaemi
Bee beol
Beetle 딱정벌레 ttakjeong beolle
Butterfly 나비 nabi
Catterpillar 애벌레 aebeolle
Centipede 지네 jine
Dragonfly 잠자리 jamjari
(House) fly 날다 nalda
Grasshopper 메뚜기 mettugi
Ladybug 무당벌레 mudangbeolle
Millipede 노래기 nolaegi
Scorpion 전갈 jeongal
Snail 달팽이 dalpaeng-i
Spider 거미 geomi
Wasp 말벌 malbeol
Worm 벌레 beolle

BONUS – Zodiacs in Korean

Korean Zodiac Animals are the same as the Chinese ones, and also follow the 12-year cycle.

Most people in Korea like to ask for each other’s zodiac animal, so they can check compatibility, a traditional belief still very much engrained in today’s society.

We will explain more about Korean zodiac animals in another article, but for now, let’s check their names in Korean.

Zodiac animal in Korean is 십이지신 sip-i-jisin

EnglishKoreanRomanisation
Rat jwi
Ox so
Tiger 호랑이 holang-i
Rabbit 토끼 tokki
Dragon yong
Snake baem
Horse mal
Goat 염소 yeomso
Monkey 원숭이 wonsung-i
Rooster dak
Dog gae
Pig  돼지 dwaeji

KOREAN VOCAB QUIZ

There you have it! More than 170 animals in Korean for you to learn.

If your favourite animal did not make the list, make sure to let us know in the comment section below so we can add it.

Did remember them all? Test your knowledge RIGHT NOW and get your results instantly on this page!

Good luck! 👇

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How do you say Hamster in Korean?

How do you say Lion in Korean?

How do you say Seahorse in Korean?

How do you say Kangaroo in Korean?

How do you say Chicken in Korean?

How do you say Flamingo in Korean?

How do you say Dragon in Korean?

How do you say Horse in Korean?

How do you say Cat in Korean?

How do you say Crocodile in Korean?

How do you say Donkey in Korean?

How do you say Snake in Korean?

How do you say Dolphin in Korean?

How do you say Lobster in Korean?

How do you say Tiger in Korean?

How do you say Butterfly in Korean?

How do you say Woodpecker in Korean?

How do you say Ant in Korean?

How do you say Dragonfly in Korean?


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you say Animal in Korean?

Animal in Korean is 동물 dongmul.

How do you say Bird in Korean?

Bird in Korean is 새 sae.

How do you say Sea Animal in Korean?

Sea Animal in Korean is 해양 동물 haeyang dongmul.

How do you say Squid in Korean?

Squid in Korean is 오징어 ojing-eo.

How do you say Bat in Korean?

Bat in Korean is 박쥐 bakjwi.

How do you say Seal in Korean?

Seal in Korean is 조개 jogae.

How do you say Butterfly in Korean?

Butterfly in Korean is 나비 nabi.

Are there Zodiac Animals in the Korean culture?

Yes, the zodiac animals in Korean culture are the same as the Chinese ones.

In order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake Horse, Goat, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

However their characteristics and said personalities might differ.

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