Animals that Start with A

Tons of animals have names that start with the letter ‘A.’ Many of them can be found around you, while some others are a bit more exotic. We’ve gathered twenty of these animals and some fun facts that you would love to know about them.


Their name is from the Afrikaans language in South Africa, which means ‘earth pig.’ They really hit the mark on that name, as aardvarks like to spend their days hiding from the sun underground.

Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard is not one of the biggest cats but is definitely one of the most beautiful. Fun Fact: The Amur leopard has tiny hooks on its tongue to help it lick the meat off bones.


If you mistake the aardwolf for a hyena, you wouldn’t be too far from the truth. The two are closely related to the hyenas, but they eat termites instead. Fun Fact: The Aardwolf has five toes on its front paws.


The addax is a beautiful antelope that once could be found all over the Sahara desert. They used to be more numerous, but poachers have drastically cut down their numbers.

Arctic Wolf

The Arctic wolf makes its home in the freezing expanse of Greenland, Alaska, Iceland, and Canada. It has thick white fur, a short nose, and small ears to conserve body heat.


The armadillo is the animal version of an armored tank. Its overlapping scales and compact shape can brush away a lot of damage.