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Read below for information on 53 different animals that start with the letter A, from aardvark to aye aye. The most popular animal that starts with A is the arctic fox, the least popular is the african elephant. Some fun facts about A letter animals are:

  • The african penguin is the only species of penguin in Africa
  • Despite being a popular freshwater aquarium pet, the axolotl is one of the most difficult animals to find naturally as it’s only found in one complex of lakes near Mexico City.
  • The amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on earth
Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)Aardvark
Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!
The oldest breed of cat in the world!
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)Adelie Penguin
Eats up to 2kg of food per day!
First bred in 17th century Germany!
Afghan HoundAfghan Hound
First used as a shepherd and hunter!
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana africana)African Bush Elephant
Can drink up to 50 gallons a day
African Civet (Civettictis civetta)African Civet
Secretes up to 4g of musk every week!
African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)African Clawed Frog
A particularly ferocious amphibian!
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)African Forest Elephant
Have large rounded ears to help keep them cool!
African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata)African Palm Civet
Solitary but gathers in groups!
African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus)African Penguin
The only penguin species in Africa!
African Tree Toad (Nectophryne afra)African Tree Toad
Found in tropical moist lowland forests!
African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)African Wild Dog
Also known as the painted dog!
Ainu DogAinu Dog
An innate sense of direction!
Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier
Very intelligent, independent and strong-minded!
Often used as a guard dog!
Very clean, intelligent and loyal!
Alaskan MalamuteAlaskan Malamute
Often used as sled dogs!
Albatross (Diomedeidae)Albatross
The largest wingspan of any bird!
Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Geochelone gigantea)Aldabra Giant Tortoise
One got to be 255 years old!
Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)Alligator
They have two sets of eyelids!
Alpine DachsbrackeAlpine Dachsbracke
Good companion and hard-working breed!
American BulldogAmerican Bulldog
Can jump up to 6ft high!
American Cocker SpanielAmerican Cocker Spaniel
Merry, outgoing, and eager to please!
American CoonhoundAmerican Coonhound
Easygoing and people-friendly!
American Eskimo DogAmerican Eskimo Dog
Bred to be companion dogs!
American FoxhoundAmerican Foxhound
Sweet, kind, loyal, and very loving!
American Pit Bull TerrierAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
A strong-willed, sturdy companion!
American Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Staffordshire Terrier
Bred to be extremely friendly!
American Water SpanielAmerican Water Spaniel
Friendly and intelligent!
Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)Amur Leopard
The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!
Anatolian Shepherd DogAnatolian Shepherd Dog
Guards it's master's flocks!
Angelfish (Pomacanthidae)Angelfish
There are 100 different species!
Ant (Formicidae)Ant
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Anteater (Myrmecophaga Tridactyla)Anteater
Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!
Antelope (Alcelaphinae)Antelope
Renew their horns every year!
Appenzeller DogAppenzeller Dog
Herding dog by nature!
Arctic Fox (Alopex Lagopus)Arctic Fox
Extremely thick winter fur!
Arctic Hare (Lepus Arcticus)Arctic Hare
Eats berries found in the snow!
Arctic Wolf (Canus Lupus Arcticus)Arctic Wolf
Incredibly versatile and adaptive!
Armadillo (Dasypodidae)Armadillo
Can curl into a hard, protective ball!
Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus)Asian Elephant
Domesticated for hundreds of years!
Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)Asian Giant Hornet
The largest wasp in the world!
Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus)Asian Palm Civet
It mainly eats mangos and coffee!
Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus tibetanus)Asiatic Black Bear
Known to eat 160 different tree-borne fruits in Thailand!
Australian Cattle DogAustralian Cattle Dog
High energy levels and active minds!
Australian Kelpie DogAustralian Kelpie Dog
Friendly, intelligent and energetic!
Australian MistAustralian Mist
First bred in the 1700s!
Australian ShepherdAustralian Shepherd
Sweet, faithful and affectionate!
Australian TerrierAustralian Terrier
Spirited, alert and courageous!
Avocet (Recurvirostra)Avocet
Has a curved, upturned beak!
Axolotl (Ambystoma Mexicanum)Axolotl
Found only in one complex of lakes!
Aye Aye  (Daubentonia madagascariensis)Aye Aye
Thought to be extinct until 1957!