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Read below for information on 22 different animals that start with the letter R, from rabbit to royal penguin. The most popular animal that starts with the letter R is the red panda, one of the most threatened animals in the world. Despite sharing a name and some behavioral similarities with giant pandas, red pandas are unique enough to be classified in a family all their own. The least popular R animal is the red handed tamarin, so named for the red hairs on their feet and hands. Interesting facts about letter R animals include:

  • With large webbed feet and streamlined bodies, Royal penguins can swim up to 20 mph
  • There are believed to be only 100 red wolves left in the wild
  • Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up fingernails and hair
Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)Rabbit
There are more than 50 different species!
Raccoon (Procyon Lotor)Raccoon
Known to wash their food before eating it!
Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes Procyonoides)Raccoon Dog
The only hibernating canine!
Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata)Radiated Tortoise
The most protected tortoise in the world!
RagdollRagdoll
One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!
Rat (Rattus Rattus)Rat
Omnivores that eat anything!
RattlesnakeRattlesnake
It's venom digests it's prey before it even swallows it!
Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma Smithi)Red Knee Tarantula
Inhabits the Pacific Mountains of Mexico!
Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)Red Panda
There are less than 3,000 left in the wild!
Red Wolf (Canis Lupus Rufus)Red Wolf
Only 100 in the wild!
Red-handed Tamarin (Saguinus Midas)Red-handed Tamarin
Red hair on hands on feet!
Reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus)Reindeer
Also known as the Caribou
Rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae)Rhinoceros
It's horns are made from keratin!
River Dolphin (Platanistoidea )River Dolphin
There are 4 species in the Southern Hemisphere!
River Turtle (Emydidae)River Turtle
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
Robin (Erithacus Rubecula)Robin
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)Rock Hyrax
Actually related to Elephants and Manatees!
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes Chrysocome)Rockhopper Penguin
There are 3 different species!
Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaja ajaja)Roseate Spoonbill
The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!
RottweilerRottweiler
Strong, loyal and self-assured!
Royal Penguin (Eudyptes Schlegeli)Royal Penguin
Can reach speeds of 20mph!
Russian BlueRussian Blue
First brought to the UK in the 1800s!