Animals that Start with Z



Read below for information on 9 different animals that start with the letter Z, from Zebra to Zorse. The most popular animal that starts with Z is the zonkey, the least popular is the zebra shark. Some fun facts about Z name animals include:

  • Both the Zorse and Zonkey are both crossbred animals. Zorses have one zebra and one horse parent. Zonkeys have one zebra parent and one donkey parent
  • Zebra stripes are like fingerprints and are unique to each individual animal.

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Animals that Start with Z

Zebra

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus zebra, Equus quagga, Equus grevyi

Fun Fact: Stripe patterns are unique to each individual!

Zebra Classification and Evolution The Zebra is a large species of equine that is natively found roaming the grassy plains of sub-Saharan Africa. They are the largest and most distinctive wild horses with bodies that are patterned with white and black stripes, the exact placement of which is unique to each individual. There are three […] Read More


Zebra Finch

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Estrildidae
Genus
Taeniopygia
Scientific Name
Taeniopygia guttata

Fun Fact: The male zebra finch creates a unique song by drawing inspiration from its parent or tutor

The zebra finch is a small songbird (and a formal member of the estrildid finches) whose origin is the southern Pacific region. Perched atop a branch or log, the male emits a unique composition of his own making to woo a prospective mate. Common in the wild, they are also fairly popular in the exotic […] Read More


Zebra Mussels

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Bivalvia
Order
Myida
Family
Dreissenidae
Genus
Dreissena
Scientific Name
Dreissena polymorpha

Fun Fact: A female zebra mussel can deposit 30,000 to 1,000,000 eggs each year!

Zebra mussels are small freshwater mollusks that look like tiny clams. They usually measure only the size of a fingernail, up to one inch long. Their outer shell physical characteristics consist of bands of dark and light stripes, earning their name from the zebra. Zebra mussels are the only freshwater mollusk species able to attach […] Read More


Zebra Pleco

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Loricariidae
Genus
Hypancistrus
Scientific Name
Hypancistrus zebra

Fun Fact: The zebra pleco is a bottom feeder with a sucker mouth.

The most prominent feature is the zebra-like stripes covering the body. This gives it a unique look compared to other fish in the aquarium. The zebra pleco is a small species of freshwater catfish, adorned with luxurious stripes and characterized by a docile temperament. First discovered in 1991, it quickly became a popular fish in […] Read More


Zebra Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Orectolobiformes
Family
Stegostomatidae
Genus
Stegostoma
Scientific Name
Stegostoma Fasciatum

Fun Fact: Can get to be 30 years old in the wild!

While zebra shark ‘pups’ do have stripes when they are born, those actually turn into spots as they grow! Zebra sharks are gentle fish that hang around coral reefs in tropical oceans. They spend their days sleeping and their evenings leisurely hunting around the sea floor and eating. Because of climate change and human activity, zebra shark numbers are […] Read More


Zebu

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Scientific Name
Bos taurus indicus

Fun Fact: There are around 75 different species!

The zebu is the most common subspecies of domesticated cattle on the Indian subcontinent, where it has traditionally served the role of a working or riding animal. Because it was considered to be a sacred animal in Hinduism, the zebu is not a significant source of meat, and although it can provide plenty of milk, […] Read More


Zonkey

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus zebra x Equus asinus

Fun Fact: The offspring of Zebra and Donkey parents!

Zonkey Classification and Evolution The Zonkey is a hybrid animal that is created by cross-breeding two different species of animal that belong to the same genetic group. Technically though, an individual is only classed as a Zonkey if it is sired from a male Zebra and female Donkey, as one that has a male Donkey […] Read More


Zorse

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus zebra x Equus caballus

Fun Fact: The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!

Zorse Classification and Evolution The Zorse is one of a number of equine hybrids that are known as Zebroids, which is the name given to an equine hybrid that has Zebra ancestry. The Zorse is the result of cross-breeding a generally male Zebra (stallion) with a female Horse (mare) to produce an animal that looks […] Read More


Zuchon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The breed often changes colors throughout its life, with its puppy coat becoming lighter over the first few years of life, then darkening as he ages.

The breed often changes colors throughout his life, with his puppy coat becoming lighter over the first few years of life, then darkening as he ages. A sweet, loving breed, the Zuchon is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise. The goal was to breed an affectionate companion that has the best traits […] Read More


Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with Z

Animals that start with the letter Z, including the Zebra Shark & Zebu