Swahili Animals

This is a list of animals in Swahili. You will find common words including domestic pets, farm livestock, wild creatures and even insects.

Bird: Ndege
Cat: Paka
Cow: Ng'ombe
Dog: Mbwa
Donkey: Punda
Eagle: tai
Elephant: tembo
Goat: Mbuzi
Horse: Farasi
Lion: simba
Monkey: kima
Mouse: Panya
Rabbit: sungura
Snake: nyoka
Tiger: chui milia
Sheep (pl.): Kondoo
Spider: Buibui
Insect: Mdudu
Mosquito: Mbu
Butterfly: Kipepeo
Bear: Dubu
Animal: Mnyama
Farm: Shamba
Forest: Msitu

The following sentences might come in handy in a conversation when socializing or in a pet store.

I have a dog: Mimi nina mbwa
She likes cats: Yeye anapenda paka
Tigers are fast: Chui milia ana mbio
Monkeys are funny: Tumbili wanachekesha
Do you have any animals?: Una wanyama wowote?
Do you sell dog food?: Je, unauza chakula cha mbwa?

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