List of 26 Animals That Begin With the Letter W

Wonderful Animals That Start With The Letter "W"

Nature is mysterious, fascinating, and maybe sometimes weird, but always wonderful. We get to know about the beauty of this world by admiring its creations. If the world has been decorated with ornaments like plants and the mountains appear to be painted from an artist’s brush, then it’s the animals around us that enhance this world’s diversity.

From the enormous whales diving into the ocean to the graceful cheetah being the marvel of speed, there is so much to embrace, and the alphabet in our language can never comprehend them all. So let’s just scratch the surface of this diverse concept by discussing a few.

Here we will be enlisting and discussing 26 wonderful animals that start with the letter “W,” and if you are unaware of all but also excited to find out, then buckle up and join us in this amazing ride that will now take you around the world.

Wonders of the World: 26 Animals with The Letter ‘W’

Be ready to learn and get informed about 26 wonderful animals with names starting with the 23rd letter of the English alphabet, ‘W.’ They are adorable, they are fascinating, and you may find some a bit scary, but they are cute though.

1. Whale


Don’t always imagine Whales swallowing you up as you watch in animations; they are amazing creatures in their own way. Whales are mammals, and their habitat is in the oceans worldwide. Whales can be further distinguished into blue whales, orcas or killer whales, sei, gray, and more.

Whales can weigh around 100 to 200 tons and can survive up to 100 years and, in some cases, even more.

Common places to find them: Big Sur, California, Kodiak Island, Alaska, San Diego, California, and more.

2. Wallaby


When we say Australia, then probably the image that shadows in your brain is that of kangaroos or sometimes even Chris Hemsworth. Well, several other amazing creatures have their home on this continent. Wallaby is one such popular Marsupial in Australia. They even look like half-cousins of Kangaroos.

Adult Wallabies can weigh up to 50 pounds, with females weighing about 25 pounds, and males can even reach 40. Their average height can be about 36 inches, and some exceptions can be seen in some cases.

Common places to find them: The eastern coast of Australia, the island of Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and more.

3. Wolf


Other mammals in our list are the Wolves that are hailed for their hunting abilities. These are famous carnivorous animals who feed on flesh and can be seen in packs. Their intimidating eyes and fierce walk can give chills. Wolves are also known for their howling, which is the sound that they often make to communicate with their pack.

Adult wolves can reach up to 4-6 feet and can weigh around 100 pounds and even more in many cases.

Common places to find them: Wolves have home all around the world, but some common places where they can be seen are the Carpathian Mountains-Romania, Gila National Forest- New Mexico, Katmai National Park- Alaska, and more.

4. Walrus


The most significant and vital part of the Arctic Circle is Walrus. What makes them popular and different from other animals sharing a similar habitat are their tusks that grow out and long. These tusks are a mode of defense and a way to haul themselves into the ice.

The average weight of a male Walrus is about 800- 1700 kg, and that of a female Walrus is 400- 1250 kg. They can reach up to a height of 9-12 feet.

Common places to find them– Greenland, Canada, Norway, Russia, and other such places with ice-covered waters and areas are home to these creatures.

5. Wasp


After discussing the giants of our world, it’s now time to notice the little ones. Wasps are insects and can be found in various environments around the world. These insects can fly and can also sting hard and pretty badly. However, one should never forget their significance in maintaining this ecosystem via pollination.

These vibrant-colored insects can reach up to 5 centimeters in length and are also lightweight, around 35-130 mg. Yellow Jackets and Mud Dauber are some common types.

Common places to find them: The highest number of Wasps are in New Zealand, but these are found in almost every part of the world. Just go out in your garden; you may find one there as well!

6. Woolly Mammoth

woolly mammoth

Another ‘tusky’ animal on our list is the Woolly Mammoth. These adorable creatures also share some relations with our favorite Elephants. However, the sad part here is that the mammals are now extinct. The last ice age put an end to their journey.

Woolly Mammoth was about 10-12 feet tall and weighed up to 6-8 tons. We can consider climate change and also poaching to be a reason for their extinction.

Where they used to live: Before their extinction, Woolly Mammoth lived in Asia, the cold tundra of Europe, and also North America.

7. Wild Boar

wild boars

Wild boars are mammals that live in forests and such woodlands. These are wild pigs and sometimes even benefit the farmers. These are omnivorous animals, have a strong snout, and even possess formidable tusks. They also can adapt to various habitats.

Wild Boar can stand up to 2-4 feet, and a fully-grown adult Wild Boar can weigh about 400 to 600 pounds. They live in groups called sounders.

Common places to find them: Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, and more have a great number of Wild Boar populations.

8. Waterbuck


Waterbucks gracefully live in the grassy plains and wetlands and try to find areas near water to quench their thirst. There are variations in the coat color of these animals, and it can be brown or gray. These large antelopes possess manes on their necks and have shaggy hair.

Waterbuck can reach up to 3-4.5 feet, and the males of this species weigh about 198–262 kg, and the females weigh 161–214 kg. They also possess long, spiral horns.

Common places to find them: Waterbucks are commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Eastern African Rift, Zambia, and Tanzania are also part of its habitat.

9. Warthog


We have another member from the pig family, and these wild members also possess tusks for both safety and defense and to dig for food. Although these mammals are herbivores, they may sometimes hunt and eat small animals. They have huge, bald heads with little hair on their body.

Warthogs commonly reach up to 2.1 to 2.8 feet and more in some cases. They may weigh about 55-110 kg.

Common places to find them: Open grasslands of Africa. They live across sub-Saharan Africa and are also found in Namibia and eastern South Africa.

10. Weasel


This here is a small, furry mammal that is a carnivore and sneaky little beast. Their small faces may appear cute, but they are very active predators. With their long and slender body type, they also have short legs and very sharp teeth. Their fur color varies with species, and it can range from black and white to gray and even brown.

The height of the Weasels can reach up to 6-10 inches, and can weigh about 85-300 gm. They can also be differentiated into long-tailed and short-tailed weasels.

Common places to find them: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico are home to long-tailed weasels, and the short-tailed weasels can be looked for in Alaska.

11. Whippet


The most adorable animals have finally found a place on our list, and you will love them. Yes, we are, of course, talking about dogs. Whippet is a British dog breed, and the animals are medium-sized. The animals are related to greyhounds and have a very fast running speed.

The height of a female Whippet can reach up to 18–21 inches, and that of a male may go up to 19–22 inches. They can weigh up to 20-40 pounds.

Common places to find them: Whippets can be purchased, or you can even find them at dog shows or events.

12. White Tigers


White Tigers are a rare breed of tigers. These animals are hybrids with the cross between Bengal tigers and Siberian tigers. These rare species are also endangered due to poaching by humans, and thus steps are being taken to control and maintain their population.

The White Tigers can grow to a height of 9.8 feet, and they may weigh around 200-230 kgs. They also possess dark stripes all over their bodies.

Common places to find them: The White Tigers are found in Asia and are commonly seen in Indian States like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, and others. Russia and China are also home to these giant animals.

13. West Indian Manatee

West Indian Manatee

One more aquatic mammal on our list is the West Indian Manatee. These mammals reside in shallow waters and feed on underwater plants. They are also called Sea Cows, and their movement takes place through whiskers. They also possess a prehensile snout to grab and eat food.

The West Indian Manatee can weigh about 200kgs, and an average Manatee may reach up to 10 feet.

Common places to find them: They can be found in the inland waters of the southern United States, Caribbean islands, eastern coasts of Mexico, and also Central America.

14. Wolverine


The name may make all Marvel fans active, but we are talking about the animal here. They also possess a thick coat and thus may even get mistaken as bears. These creatures are known for their strength and ferocity.

Wolverine is about 1.5 feet tall and weighs between 17 to 40 pounds. They also can kill prey who are several times larger than them.

Common places to find them: They are found in the Northern Rockies of Montana, the North Cascades Range in Washington, Alaska, Canada, and also Russia.

15. Wolf Spider

wolf spider

Well, they are spiders for sure, but how they hunt their prey got them the Wolf name. These predators are little creatures with a distinctive appearance. Although they reside in their burrows, sometimes they even use it as a trap for their prey. They do not require webs.

Wolf Spider can be around 2-3 cm long and weigh less than an ounce, and this can be inferred considering their size.

Common places to find them: They are mostly found in coastal and inland habitats, and if you ever find them in your backyard, then it won’t be a surprise.

16. Worm


They may appear slimy and not so great as to admire, but they are very important for soil health. They aerate the soil by creating spaces in it to go with the airflow and also have a significant role in decomposition. People keep worms, especially farmers who consider them as their friends.

There are various kinds of worms, and they vary in size resulting in microscopic worms to those that may even cross a meter’s length. And so, have related weights.

Common places to find them: Worms can be found in the soil, compost piles, and even in your gardens.

17. Wyoming Toad

Wyoming Toad

Another animal species that is not very huge in number is the Wyoming Toad. These amphibian animals are mostly kept in captivity due to being endangered. If you ever wish to distinguish them from other toads, then look for a broad black mark under their belly.

Wyoming toads may grow up to 2-2.5 inches tall and weigh 2-3 ounces.

Common places to find them: Their population resides in the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

18. Wild Bactrian Camel

wild bact camel

In the list of some very interesting animals, how can we not include animals with not one but two humps? These are also endangered species, and efforts are being made to preserve them well. They can intake about 55-56 liters of water in one go.

The Wild Bactrian Camel may stand at 5.2 to 5.9 feet and weigh up to 1,000 lbs.

Common places to find them: These animals reside in the Gobi desert of Northwest China and Mongolia.

19. Wombat


These are the marsupials who possess a strong pair of legs and create their burrows into the earth. They are fast, they are vicious, but when you look at them, they do seem adorable. Also, they sometimes match their appearance with koalas.

Wombats can reach a length of 100-115 cm and may weigh around 20-34 kg.

Common places to find them: South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria are their common residence.

20. Welsh Corgi

welsh corgi

The cutest of all in this list of adorable animals is the Welsh Corgi. These are small herding dogs and are kept as pets. They are considered to be intelligent animals and are loyal to their owners. They have brown and white fur all over their body, and the shade may vary.

The Welsh Corgi may reach a height of 25-30 cm in both genders and can weigh around 10-14 kg.

Common places to find them: They are from Wales, and you can purchase them as a pet.

21. White-Faced Capuchin

white faced capuchin

Another animal you need to adore here is the White-faced Capuchin. They are highly adaptable animals and can be distinguished easily due to their black fur and striking white face. They enjoy fruits and insects and swing along the trees.

White-Faced Capuchin may weigh up to 3.9 kg.

Common places to find them: They highly reside in Costa Rica and Panama and live in the forests and grasslands.

22. Whoodle


Don’t think that your aw moments will stop soon as there is an addition of another amazing animal to our list. This crossbreed is both intelligent and playful, and the dogs are highly furry with creamy-brownish coats.

Whoodles can reach up to 14-20 inches and can weigh around 20-45 pounds.

Common places to find them: Whoodles can be purchased from any related place.

23. Winter White Russian Hamster

winter white

These are small in size but equally charming. They can camouflage into their surroundings by changing their coat color, showing their adaptive abilities. It is fun to watch them move at their fastest speed and explore their surroundings.

Winter White Hamster is about 3-4 inches long and weighs around 19-45 grams.

Common places to find them: You may find them in pet stores and Siberia, Dzungaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and others.

24. Wild Rabbits

Wild Rabbits

Wild Rabbits have their existence in the fields and woodlands. Their swift movements and focused senses help them stay cautious in their surroundings. They are known for their fast breeding, and their diet mainly consists of vegetables and related materials.

Wild Rabbits stand 14-19 inches tall and weigh around 2.2 – 5.5 lbs.

Common places to find them: Wild Rabbits can be found on almost every continent except Antarctica.

25. Wildebeest


The Wildebeest has a very distinct appearance from the cattle that we mostly see. They can be recognized well due to their curved horns and elongated body structure. They migrate together when it’s time to search for greener pastures. Their groups ensure survival.

Wildebeest stand 4.2-4.8 feet tall and weigh about 600 pounds.

Common places to find them: Their residence is the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa, and they also graze in Tanzania and Kenya.

26. Western Lowland Gorillas


These are the closest family members of Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and others. They have broad shoulders with strong feet and hands. They are huge and are able to keep themselves safe from predators. They are known for their knuckle-walking.

Western Lowland Gorillas are about 6 feet tall and can weigh around 300-500 pounds.

Common places to find them: southeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, and also Equatorial Guinea.

Wrapping Up!

Our world is the most diverse one, and you can admire its diversity at every step. The changes in habitats at every square foot reside a great number of different animals and other creatures. It is always exciting to learn about the living creatures of our world that people rarely know about.

Here we have discussed 26 wonderful animals that start with the letter ‘W,’ and believe us; we have just scratched the surface. We learned about the wholesome Whippets, wonderful Whales, wondrous Wallaby, and so much more.

So do give it a read and admire the magnificent creations of the almighty, and if you are a lover of the wild, then do visit the hotspots of these animals; we would love to hear all about your experience.

Mark Attenborough
Mark Attenborough

Mark Attenborough, a renowned naturalist, holds a Zoology degree. His 30 years of fieldwork experience, coupled with a deep passion for wildlife conservation, have made him a respected figure in environmental circles. Joining our team in 2018, Mark has been instrumental in enriching our content with his insightful observations from around the globe. He shares his extensive knowledge through engaging articles. When not in the field, he enjoys bird watching and writing about climate change's impact on biodiversity.

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