Animals Living in China

China is home to a wide variety of wildlife. One of 17 megadiverse countries, China has over 7000 species. The country ranks 3rd in mammals, 8th in birds, and 7th in reptiles and amphibians.

Some notable animals endemic to China are the giant panda, the snub-nosed monkey, and the Chinese giant salamander. These species do not live anywhere else, so they often risk going extinct and require protection.

List of Animals living in China

Mammals

  • Alashan Ground Squirrel
  • Amur Hedgehog
  • Amur Leopard
  • Anderson’s Squirrel
  • Andrews’s Three-toed Jerboa
  • Asian Elephant
  • Asian House Shrew
  • Asian Small-clawed Otter
  • Asiatic Black Bear
  • Asiatic Brush-tailed Porcupine
  • Asiatic Long-tailed Climbing Mouse
  • Assam Macaque
  • Balikun Jerboa
  • Beijing Barbastelle
  • Bengal Slow Loris
  • Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Binturong
  • Black Crested Gibbon
  • Black Giant Squirrel
  • Black Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Blanford’s Fruit Bat
  • Bonneted Langur
  • Bower’s White-toothed Rat
  • Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster
  • Cheng’s Jird
  • Chinese Bamboo Rat
  • Chinese Birch Mouse
  • Chinese Dormouse
  • Chinese Ferret Badger
  • Chinese Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Chinese Highland Shrew
  • Chinese Jumping Mouse
  • Chinese Mountain Cat
  • Chinese Noctule
  • Chinese Pangolin
  • Chinese Pipistrelle
  • Chinese Pygmy Dormouse
  • Chinese Rufous Horseshoe Bat
  • Chinese Shrew Mole
  • Chinese Striped Hamster
  • Chinese White Dolphin
  • Chinese Zokor
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Common Bent-wing Bat
  • Common Minke Whale
  • Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel
  • Crab-eating Mongoose
  • Daurian Ground Squirrel
  • Desert Hare
  • Dhole
  • Djungarian Hamster
  • Dugong
  • Dwarf Fat-tailed Jerboa
  • Eastern Hoolock Gibbon
  • Eurasian Beaver
  • European Hamster
  • False Zokor
  • Finless Porpoise
  • Five-toed Pygmy Jerboa
  • Forest Dormouse
  • Forrest’s Rock Squirrel
  • Francois’ Langur
  • Gansu Hamster
  • Giant Panda
  • Gobi Altai Mountain Vole
  • Gobi Big Brown Bat
  • Gobi Jerboa
  • Goitered Gazelle
  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Great Evening Bat
  • Grey Dwarf Hamster
  • Gray Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Gray Marmot
  • Greater Asiatic Yellow Bat
  • Greater Long-tailed Hamster
  • Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat
  • Groove-toothed Flying Squirrel
  • Gueldenstaedt’s Shrew
  • Hainan Black Crested Gibbon
  • Hairy-footed Flying Squirrel
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • Harlequin Bat
  • Himalayan Field Rat
  • Himalayan Marmot
  • Himalayan Red Panda
  • Himalayan Striped Squirrel
  • Himalayan Tahr
  • Himalayan Water Shrew
  • Himalayan Whiskered Bat
  • Hoary Bamboo Rat
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Indian Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Indochinese Flying Squirrel
  • Indochinese Grey Langur
  • Inornate Squirrel
  • Insular Mole
  • Irrawaddy Squirrel
  • Japanese Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Kam Dwarf Hamster
  • Kiang
  • Koslov’s Pika
  • Lar Gibbon
  • Large Bamboo Rat
  • Leopard Cat
  • Lesser Bamboo Rat
  • Lesser Mouse-deer
  • Lesser White-toothed Shrew
  • Long-eared Jerboa
  • Long-tailed Birch Mouse
  • Long-tailed Dwarf Hamster
  • Long-tailed Ground Squirrel
  • Long-tailed Marmot
  • Long-tailed Mountain Shrew
  • Lyle’s Flying Fox
  • Kozlov’s Pygmy Jerboa
  • Malayan Civet
  • Malayan Porcupine
  • Marbled Cat
  • Maritime Striped Squirrel
  • Masked Palm Civet
  • Mongolian Five-toed Jerboa
  • Mongolian Gazelle
  • Mongolian Hamster
  • Mongolian Three-toed Jerboa
  • Mountain Hare
  • Nepal Gray Langur
  • North China Leopard
  • Northern Humpback Whale
  • Northern Pig-tailed Macaque
  • Northern Pika
  • Northern Three-toed Jerboa
  • Northern Treeshrew
  • Onager
  • Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel
  • Pallas Cat
  • Pallas’s Squirrel
  • Particolored Flying Squirrel
  • Père David’s Deer
  • Père David’s Rock Squirrel
  • Père David’s Vole
  • Perny’s Long-nosed Squirrel
  • Phayre’s Squirrel
  • Pomona Roundleaf Bat
  • Pygmy Slow Loris
  • Pygmy Sperm Whale
  • Red-cheeked Ground Squirrel
  • Red-hipped Squirrel
  • Red Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Red Squirrel
  • Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Rhesus Macaque
  • Roborovski Hamster
  • Rothschild’s Zokor
  • Round-eared Tube-nosed Bat
  • Royle’s Mountain Vole
  • Sable
  • Shan State Langur
  • Short-tailed Gymnure
  • Siberian Chipmunk
  • Siberian Flying Squirrel
  • Siberian Ibex
  • Siberian Musk Deer
  • Siberian Tiger
  • Sichuan Field Mouse
  • Silver Mountain Vole
  • Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon
  • Small Five-toed Jerboa
  • Smith’s Zokor
  • Smoke-bellied Rat
  • Snow Leopard
  • Sokolov’s Dwarf Hamster
  • Southern Birch Mouse
  • Spotted Giant Flying Squirrel
  • Striped Dolphin
  • Stump-tailed Macaque
  • Sumatran Rhinoceros
  • Sun Bear
  • Sunda Pangolin
  • Swinhoe’s Striped Squirrel
  • Szechwan Myotis
  • Tarbagan Marmot
  • Thick-tailed Pygmy Jerboa
  • Thick-tailed Three-toed Jerboa
  • Tibetan Blue Bear
  • Tibetan Dwarf Hamster
  • Tibetan Fox
  • Tibetan Macaque
  • Tien Shan Birch Mouse
  • Transbaikal Zokor
  • Turkestan Lynx
  • Ussuri Black Bear
  • Water Vole
  • Western Gray Whale
  • Western Hoolock Gibbon
  • White-cheeked Crested Gibbon
  • White-cheeked Macaque
  • White-headed Langur
  • Wild Bactrian Camel
  • Wild Yak
  • Wolverine
  • Yellow Ground Squirrel
  • Yellow Steppe Lemming

Birds

  • Ashy Wood-pigeon
  • Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  • Asian Koel
  • Asian Openbill
  • Azure-winged Magpie
  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Black-chinned Fruit-dove
  • Chinese Pond Heron
  • Cotton Pygmy Goose
  • Eared Grebe
  • Elliot’s Pheasant
  • Golden Pheasant
  • Great Bustard
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Himalayan Cuckoo
  • Hodgson’s Frogmouth
  • Horned Grebe
  • Laughing Dove
  • Light-vented Bulbul
  • Little Bustard
  • Little Grebe
  • Mandarin Duck
  • Masked Laughingthrush
  • Oriental Cuckoo
  • Oriental Stork
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Spotted Dove
  • Streaked Shearwater
  • Swan Goose
  • Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel
  • Tibetan Sandgrouse
  • White-necklaced Partridge
  • Yellow Bittern

Amphibians

  • Ailao Toad
  • Aniqiao Torrent Frog
  • Annam Tree Frog
  • Asiatic Toad
  • Banna Caecilian
  • Boreal Digging Frog
  • Chevron-spotted Brown Frog
  • Chinese Edible Frog
  • Chinese Flying Frog
  • Chinese Giant Salamander
  • Chinese fire belly newt
  • Chinese Warty Newt
  • Chinhai Spiny Newt
  • Chuxiong Fire-bellied Newt
  • Common Chinese Tree Frog
  • Concave-eared Torrent Frog
  • Convex-tailed Horned Toad
  • Convex-vented Horned Toad
  • Doichang Frog
  • Eastern Golden Frog
  • Emei Music Frog
  • Gerbil Stream Frog
  • Huanren Frog
  • Imienpo Station Frog
  • Japanese Tree Frog
  • Johns’ Groove-toed Frog
  • Korean Brown Frog
  • Korean Water Toad
  • Kuhl’s Creek Frog
  • Mongolian Toad
  • Northern Frog
  • Plateau Brown Frog
  • Romer’s Tree Frog
  • Siberian Salamander
  • Sichuan Torrent Frog
  • Spot-tailed Warty Newt
  • Spotted Paddle-tail Newt

Reptiles

  • Bamboo Pit Viper
  • Banded Krait
  • Blue-crested Lizard
  • Burmese Eyed Turtle
  • Burmese Python
  • Burmese Roofed Turtle
  • Chinese Alligator
  • Chinese Cobra
  • Chinese Softshell Turtle
  • Chinese Water Dragon
  • Eastern Russell’s Viper
  • Five-striped Blue-tailed Skink
  • Formosan Odd-scaled Snake
  • Hainan Odd-scaled Snake
  • Himalayan Agama
  • Japalura Tree Dragon
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Mandarin Ratsnake
  • Monocled Cobra
  • Red-tailed Pipe Snake
  • Russian Tortoise
  • Saltwater Crocodile
  • Sichuan Japalure
  • Spotted Flying Dragon
  • Taiwan Pit Viper
  • Taiwanese Coral Snake
  • Tokay Gecko
  • Turtlehead Sea Snake
  • White-headed Blindsnake
  • Zhou’s Box Turtle

Insects

  • Asian Giant Hornet
  • Black-veined White Butterfly
  • Common Hedge Blue Butterfly
  • Common Windmill Butterfly
  • Dark Judy Butterfly
  • Essex Skipper Butterfly
  • Orange Tip Butterfly
  • Rose Windmill Butterfly
  • Sergeant-major Butterfly
  • Small Green Awlet Butterfly
  • Tailed Judy Butterfly
  • Yellow Tip Butterfly

Invertebrates

  • Asian Clam
  • Cellar Slug
  • Giant Centipede
  • Marsh Slug
  • Red-rimmed Melania

Fish

  • Chinese Sturgeon

FAQs

What is China’s national animal?

The giant panda

What are some of the most dangerous animals in China?

The Chinese cobra, the Asian giant hornet, the Asiatic black bear, etc

What are the most endangered animals in China?

The Amur leopard, the giant panda, the Chinese giant salamander, the finless porpoise, the Himalayan red panda, etc