Countries and National Animals
Every country has its own national animal as its symbol. The national animals represent a particular country by its characters, features, behaviours, and natures.
Countries and their national animals represent strength and greatness in their own unique manner.
It is not necessary that the national animals will appear in the national flag or emblem of a country. However, some countries include their national animals in their national flag.
For example- Sri Lanka has included its national animal “lion” in its national flag.
A national animal symbolizes a country’s culture and tradition. It is quite interesting to know the different countries and their national animals.
You can find out the major countries with their national animals from this page.
List of national animals of different countries across the world
Here you find out the various countries and national animals to enhance your knowledge.
USA (United States of America)
Let’s start the list of countries and national animals with the USA. The national animal of the USA is American Bison.
Bison is like a symbol of the strength of the United States of America.
Bison is the largest animal found in North America. The average lifespan of bison is 15-20 years and its weight is approximately 1000 kg-1300 kg.
Australia has Red Kangaroo as its National Animal. There is a common theory behind Kangaroo being the national animal of Australia.
Kangaroo is not so good at walking in the backward direction so it symbolizes the determination power of Australia to move forward positively.
National Animal of India is the Royal Bengal tiger. It is a symbol of bravery, strong, sharp intelligence, and fearlessness for India.
It is mostly found in West Bengal, Rajasthan, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Tamil Nadu of India.
If you are listing the various countries and national animals then how can you forget about the camel? The Arabian camel is a national animal symbol for Saudi Arabia.
Camel is the best transportation source widely used in deserts. It can survive in the adverse weather conditions of deserts. The Average lifespan camel is 40 to 50 years.
Kenya has the lion as it’s National Animal. The lion is known as the king of the jungle.
The life span of the lion is estimated to be 15 to 20 years. It is a carnivorous animal.
They mostly found in grassland savannah. Due to its brave and defending character, it is considered as the national animal of Kenya.
Argentina also owns an important place in the list of various countries and their national animals. The National Animal of Kenya is Rufous Hornero.
Rufous Hornero is quite common to see in Argentina, which is why it is declared as the national animal and also the national bird of the country.
The national animal of Austria is a bird i.e. Black Eagle. It is a carnivorous bird. Black Eagle represents the power, bold and victory of the nation.
The life span of Black Eagle is estimated be of 20 years.
The takin is related to religious history & mythology and known as the national animals of Bhutan. It is a muscular animal having dense fur on its body.
Takins are generally found in the forest valleys and alpine zones.
Jaguar that belongs to the cat family is the national animal of Brazil. Jaguar is very similar to leopard but it is larger than the leopard.
One of the main reasons for declaring Jaguar as the national animal of Brazil is its importance in the cultural events of the nation.
National Animal of Germany is the Black Eagle. It belongs to the class of Aves.
Black Eagle is a symbol of bravery, strength, and victory that represents the nation to the whole world.
The average lifespan of Black Eagle is 15-30 years.
The national animal of Afghanistan is the snow leopard. It is a medium-sized wild cat that has beautiful prints on its body.
Due to its unique, brave and fearless features, the snow leopard as a result also known as the national animal of Afghanistan.
The snow leopard is mostly found in rainforest, grassland and hilly areas of Afghanistan. The average lifespan of this animal is 10-15 years.
Dolphin is the National Animal of Greece. Greece also owned its place in the list of various countries and their national animals with an aquatic animal.
Across the Globe Dolphins are considered as the second most intelligent animals.
The friendly and helping nature of this animal is an ideal symbol to represent Greece to the whole world.
The lion is also the national animal of Bulgaria. The powerful and strong nature of this animal makes it the national animal of Bulgaria.
The ring-tailed beautiful animal “Lemur” is the national animal of Madagascar. This species of lemur is only found on the island of Madagascar.
The average lifespan of ring-tailed lemur is approximately 30 years.
The national animal of Pakistan is Markhor or wild goat. It is a symbol of courage and intelligence for Pakistan.
Markhor acts fearless during prey that it can even jump from the mountain peak.
Markhor is usually found in the hilly regions of Pakistan. Markhor as its average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
Even though markhor has been listed in the list of different countries and national animals but it is considered as an endangered animal species.
Bangladesh also has the Royal Bengal Tiger as its national animal. It is also an example of endangered animal species.
There are various conservation projects are going on to save the tiger that is working excellently on protecting this wonderful species for the upcoming generations.
Libya has the Arabian Eagle as its national animal. Lybia has chosen this Eagle as its national animal as it is a symbol of courage and liberty.
France has named the Gallic Rooster as its national animal. It was in the ninth century that France named the Gallic Rooster as its national animal.
People in France believe that like Jesus showed the arrival of light after darkness the rooster notifies people the same thing. The rooster also symbolizes the vigilance in France.
In the list of different countries and their different national animals, Myanmar shares its national animal with India i.e. tiger.
The strength and power to rule the area make it the national symbol of Myanmar.
Malaysia has the Malayan Tiger as its national animal. It is a symbol of courage and strength that better represent Malaysia to the entire world.
Cambodia has the kouprey as its national animal. Kouprey is the rarest animal found in Cambodia.
It is quite similar to ox and has a very strong and muscular body. Kouprey has the average lifespan of 20 years.
Egypt has declared a bird as its national animal. Egypt has declared the beautiful Steppe Eagle as its national animal.
It has an average lifespan of almost 41 years. As the name suggests, majestic steppe eagle lives in the semi-arid region of grassland termed as steppe.
Cameroon has the same national animal as Bulgaria and Kenya has which is Lion.
The dominant and strong feature of the lion makes it one of the popular choices to be considered in many countries as their national animals.
Finland registers its name in the list of different countries and their national animals with a carnivorous animal.
The Brown Bear has been named as the National animal of Finland.
Arctic Tundra is the region where brown bears are mostly found they are can also be found in the subalpine meadow, open plains and even in some part of dense forests.
Beaver is named as the national animal of Canada. It a large-sized rodent that is nocturnal that lives in canals, lodges, and dams.
It is a great swimmer and semi-aquatic by nature. Beaver is mostly found in forest areas across the country.
Ethiopia also has lion as their national animal. The courageous power and strong approach to its enemies make it a valid reason to declare the lion as the national animal of Ethiopia.
Colombia has Anadean Condor as its national bird which is a large bird of prey. This bird is also termed as an eternal bird due to its longevity.
The colour of its body is black and white. The average lifespan of this bird is quite surprising i.e. almost 75 years in the wild.
Unfortunately, this beautiful species is also registered in the list of endangered animals.
The flightless bird Penguin is known as the national animal of Antarctica. Penguins have flipper kind of wing bones quite suitable for swimming.
Penguins tend to spend most of their time underwater. This animal is commonly found in Southern Hemisphere.
Penguins have a complete lifespan of the 15 to 20 years.
Denmark has listed with a beautiful animal “Mute Swan” in the list of various countries and their national animals.“Mute Swan” symbolizes peace & polite nature.
Denmark declared the “Mute Swan” as its national animal in 1984, before that the Skylark Alauda Arvensis was the national animal of Denmark.
China also has listed its name in the list of countries and national animals with beautiful looking animals “Panda”. It has black and white fur all over its body.
China decided to name the Giant Panda as its national animal amongst all the categories of the panda.
South Andean Huemul is known as the national animal of Chile. This animal is quite similar to deer having short legs.
The Huemul has a lifespan of 14 years. As per the IUCN red list of Threatened, Huemul has been registered as endangered species.
Like Kenya, Bulgaria, and Cameroon Similarly, England has also been placed in the list of different countries and national animals sharing the same animal “Lion”.
Apart from this, there are many other countries and national animals from different habitat.
You can find out some major countries and their national animals in the list given below.
Red-billed streamertail or doctor bird or scissor-tail
Persian or Asiatic Lion
Heard Island and McDonald Island
Red Karabakh Horse
British Virgin Island
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Eastern Imperial Eagle
British Indian Ocean Territory
Saint Vincent Parrot
Giant Sable Antelope
Antigua and Barbuda
This list of various countries and their national animals is not enough to cover all the countries across the world.
There are many more countries and national animals apart from those mentioned above. This list is just to make you aware that how different kinds of animal species are living in the world in different habitats.