Do you like animals? Today we are going to learn the name of some animals that live in the jungle “la selva”. We will discover how to make the feminine of these animals and, finally, we will practice everything we have learned with some exercises and interactive games.
As you can see, on the right you have an infographic with the names of fifteen jungle animals. Leave us a message in the comments if you want to receive a pdf copy in your email. Once you have the copy, you can learn this vocabulary regarding jungle animals in Spanish: Los animales de la selva en español.
The gender of jungle animals in Spanish
In the infographic above, the animals of the jungle appear with the masculine gender. That is, they identify the male of their species.
A few of these animals follow the general grammar rule (see the rule about the gender of words):
- El elefante: la elefanta
- El león: La leona
- El mono: la mona
Some animals may have an irregular feminine, such as:
- El tigre: la tigresa
Some animals have a single grammatical gender that will designate both sexes. To distinguish one from another, a modifier must be added, the word “macho” (male) or “hembra” (female). In the infographic we have quite a few examples:
- El cocodrilo macho: el cocodrilo hembra.
- La tortuga macho: la tortuga hembra.
- La jirafa macho: la jirafa hembra.
- La pantera macho: La pantera hembra.
- La cebra macho: la cebra hembra.
- El hipopótamo macho: El hipopótamo hembra.