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ABC Animals

fun facts for kids learning English

learning and teaching resources

Did you know that some whales sing or that camels are born without a hump? Here you will find amazing facts about your favourite creatures. Learning about animals is great fun!

How the material is organised

There are 26 animals at the ABC Zoo, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects. Each animal begins with a different letter, and has its own content page with relevant pictures, quick information, fun facts, and short poems.

Each online reader has its printable version in pdf format. The readers are accompanied by the related activity worksheets that provide a variety of word games including quizzes, wordsearch and scramble puzzles for practising and revising key vocabulary found in the abc animals readers. All worksheets come with answer keys.

Below you will find a picture guide to these resources. Scroll down for all our animal facts pages listed alphabetically.

English resources: Alligator fun facts
  • a for alligator »
  • Alligators are giant, intelligent reptiles directly descended from ancient crocodilians.
English resources: Bear fun facts
  • b for bear »
  • Bears are fast runners, excellent swimmers and good climbers.
English resources: Camel fun facts
  • c for camel »
  • Camels have several adaptations that protect them during sandstorms.
English resources: Dolphin fun facts
  • d for dolphin »
  • Dolphins are intelligent, playful creatures, friendly to humans.
English resources: Elephant fun facts
  • e for elephant »
  • Elephants are the largest mammals in the world that live on land.
English resources: Fish fun facts
  • f for fish »
  • Fish live and breathe in water, have slimy bodies and are cold-blooded.
English resources: Giraffe fun facts
  • g for giraffe »
  • Giraffes, the tallest of the land animals, live in the savannas of Africa.
English resources: Hippo fun facts
  • h for hippo »
  • Hippos live in the rivers, lakes and swamps. They are the third largets African animal.
English resources: Insect fun facts
  • i for insect »
  • There are over 1 million different known species of insects in the world.
English resources: Jellyfish fun facts
English resources: Kangaroo fun facts
  • k for kangaroo »
  • Kangaroos are the symbol of Australia. There are over 50 types of kangaroo.
English resources: Lion fun facts
  • l for lion »
  • The lion is a symbol of power, courage and nobility.
English resources: Monkey fun facts
  • m for monkey »
  • There are two types of monkeys: the Old World Monkey and the New World Monkey.
English resources: Newt fun facts
  • n for newt »
  • Newts are brightly coloured salamanders. These small amphibians live in moist areas.
English resources: Owl fun facts
  • o for owl »
  • Owls are mysterious birds. In many countries the owl is a symbol of wisdom.
English resources: Penguin fun facts
  • p for penguin »
  • Penguins are birds, but unlike most birds they are not able to fly.
English resources: Queen Bee fun facts
  • q for queen bee »
  • Honey bees are the only insects that produce a food consumed by humans.
English resources: Raccoon fun facts
  • r for raccoon »
  • Raccoons are curious, intelligent and often troublesome mammals.
English resources: Seal fun facts
  • s for seal »
  • Seals are marine mammals. There are lots of kinds of seals.
English resources: Tiger fun facts
  • t for tiger »
  • Tigers are the biggest cats in the world. They live in hot jungles as well as cold forests.
English resources: Unicorn fun facts
  • u for unicorn »
  • Unicorns are one-horned mythical creatures that can be associated with all kinds of mythology.
English resources: Viper fun facts
  • v for viper »
  • Vipers are weird creatures. They can move without legs, and can cause sickness with a single bite.
English resources: Whale fun facts
  • w for whale »
  • Whales are large, intelligent animals. They are not fish, they are mammals.
English resources: Fox fun facts
  • x in fox »
  • Foxes are the smallest member of the dog family. They have characteristics of both dogs and cats.
English resources: Yak fun facts
  • y for yak »
  • Yaks originate in the Himalayan Mountains, and have been domesticated for about 5000 years.
English resources: Zebra fun facts
  • z for zebra »
  • There are three species of zebra, all native to the African continent.