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34 Animals That Start With Z

By Eddie Chevrel


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What animals start with the letter Z? We’ve gathered them in this post for you to have them all on one page – from the indomitable zebra to the conspicuous zebu, all the way through to the Zokor and the Zorilla.

Without further ado, here is the list of animals that start with a Z

Animals starting with the letter Z – The Complete List

  • Zamurito
  • Zanzibar Red Bishop
  • Zapata Wren
  • Zebra
  • Zebra Dove
  • Zebra Duiker
  • Zebra Finch
  • Zebra Mussels
  • Zebra Pleco
  • Zebra Sea Horse
  • Zebra Shark
  • Zebra Spitting Cobra
  • Zebra Tarantula
  • Zebra Waxbill
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebu
  • Zedonk
  • Zenaida Dove
  • Zenker’s Honeyguide
  • Zeren
  • Zeta Trout
  • Zigzag Eel
  • Zigzag Salamander
  • Zingel Zingel
  • Zitting Cisticola
  • Zokor
  • Zone-tailed Pigeon
  • Zonetail Butterfly ray
  • Zonkey
  • Zorilla
  • Zorro
  • Zorse
  • Zosterops
  • Zuchon


This species of fish originates from the Amazon and Orinoco basins and can reach 16 inches. It is known to be quite aggressive to other species and easily attacks the fishes caught in fishermen’s nets.

Zanzibar Red Bishop

The Zanzibar Red Bishop is a species of bird that is found in Tanzania, Kenya, and Mozambique.

Zapata Wren

The Zapata Wren is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is endemic to Cuba. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and heavily degraded former forests.



Zebras are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. There are three extant species: the plains zebra, the mountain zebra, and the Grevy’s zebra. Zebras are herbivores and can be found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Zebra Dove

zebra dove

This species of bird was discovered in 1743 by English naturalist George Edwards. It is small with a long tail and black-and-white barring and lives on the island of Java, in Indonesia.

Zebra Duiker

The Zebra Duiker is a species of antelope that is found in Liberia, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana. These animals get their name from the zebra-like stripes on their hindquarters. They are shy and elusive, and very little is known about them in the wild.

Zebra Finch

zebra finch

The Zebra Finch is a small passerine bird that is native to Australia. These birds are easily recognizable by their black-and-white striped tails. They are popular pets and have been introduced to many parts of the world.

Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels are a species of freshwater mussel, native to Eurasia. These animals have been accidentally introduced to many parts of the world, where they are considered invasive species. Zebra mussels attach themselves to hard surfaces and can clog pipes and other underwater infrastructure.

Zebra Pleco

The Zebra Pleco is a species of freshwater fish that is native to Brazil. These fish are easily recognized by their black-and-white striped pattern. They are popular aquarium fish and are often kept as pets.

Zebra Sea Horse

The Zebra Seahorse is endemic to northern Australia. It lives at shallow depths up to 230 feet. It is the male that carries the eggs in a pouch situated under its tail.

Zebra Shark

The Zebra Shark is a species of carpet shark that is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These sharks get their name from their stripes, which fade as the shark matures. Zebra sharks are bottom-dwellers and often rest on the ocean floor.

Zebra Spitting Cobra

The Zebra Spitting Cobra is a species of venomous snake that gets its name from the black-and-white stripes that run along its body. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa and is capable of spitting its venom up to 3 meters.

Zebra Tarantula

Costa Rican Zebra on white background

The Zebra Tarantula – aka Striped Knee Tarantula – is a species of tarantula from Costa Rica and other parts of Central America. It is black with white stripes near the leg joints. They are burrowing spiders with a leg span between 4 and 5 inches.

Zebra Waxbill

The Zebra Waxbill, also called Orange-breasted Waxbill, is a small bird that lives in grassland and savannahs south of the Sahara. It sports orange breast, red bill, and dark olive-green plumage.


zebrafish zebra danio fish

The zebrafish is a species of freshwater fish that is native to South Asia. These fish are easily recognizable by their stripes. Zebrafish are popular aquarium fish and have been used in many scientific studies.



The zebu is a domesticated bovine that is found in South Asia and Africa. These animals are easily recognizable by the hump on their back. Zebus are used for their milk, meat, and leather.


A Zedonk (or Zeedonk) is a cross between a female donkey and a male zebra. It has black stripes prominently displayed on its legs and face.

Zenaida Dove

zenaida dove

The Zenaida Dove is a species of bird that is found in the Caribbean and Central America. These birds are commonly kept as pets. They are gentle, affectionate, and make good companions.

Zenker’s Honeyguide

This species of bird is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Uganda. It has an overall olive-green color, with the brightest green in the wings.


The Zeren – also known as the Mongolian gazelle – is a medium-sized antelope found in Mongolia, Siberia, and China.

Zeta Trout

The Zeta trout is a rare species of trout from the Zeta river in Montenegro.

Zigzag Eel

The Zig-Zag eel is a species of eels that can be found in the rivers of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is a famous aquarium species as well as a food fish in its countries of origin.

Zigzag Salamander

This is a small and slender species of salamander marked with a “zigzag” red or orange dorsal stripe. It is commonly found in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Zingel Zingel

A species of freshwater fish found in fast-flowing streams in southeastern Europe, such as the Danube and Dniestr. They can grow to a maximum length of 19 inches.

Zitting Cisticola

The Zitting Cisticola is a small bird found mainly in the grasslands of Europe, Africa, and southern Asia down to northern Australia. It is 10 to 12 cm (3.9 to 4.7 in) in length and is characterized by its rufous rump.


The zokor is a species of rodent that is native to East Asia. This animal is closely related to the pocket gopher. Zokors are burrowers and live in underground tunnels.

Zone-tailed Pigeon


The Zone-tailed Pigeon is a species of bird that is found in Mexico, Central America, and South America. These birds are easily recognizable by their tail feathers, which have a zonal pattern. Zone-tailed Pigeons are typically found in wooded areas.

Zone-tail Butterfly Ray

The Zonetail Butterfly Ray is a species of ray that is found from India to Indonesia, including Singapore and Thailand. It lives at a depth of 90 to 120 feet.



A zonkey is a hybrid animal that is created by crossbreeding a female zebra and a male donkey. These animals are very rare and are often sterile. Zonkeys have the striped coat of a zebra and the body of a donkey.


The zorilla is a species of mustelid that is found in sub-Saharan Africa. This animal is also known as the African skunk. They are black-and-white striped and secrete a foul-smelling substance when threatened.



The Zorro is a species of fox that lives in South America, in southwestern Ecuador, and northwestern Peru. Its fur is grey with a reddish tinge.


A zorse is a hybrid animal that is created by crossbreeding a zebra and a horse. These animals are very rare and are often sterile. Zorses have the striped coat of a zebra and the body of a horse.



The Zosterops is a genus of birds with a conspicuous white feather ring around the eye. They are endemic to certain parts of Africa, India, and Australia.



A Zuchon is a hybrid animal that is created by crossbreeding a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise. It is known for being a very friendly and affectionate pet. Zuchons have the fur of a Shih Tzu and the body of a Bichon Frise.

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Eddie Chevrel is an animal journalist and the founder of ThePetSavvy. He's very passionate about exotic pets and spends most of his free time doing research, meeting, and interviewing people working with animals. Learn more about The Pet Savvy's Editorial Process.