The animals of the lakes have peculiarities that other animals do not have, even some lakes have exclusive species.

What is a lake?

The lakes are fed by a small stream or river that are often closed areas where animals live. Sometimes they may include species that will not be found anywhere else in the world.

The animal species of the lakes

The lakes contain fresh water, therefore the animals of the sea cannot live there. They come to contain a wide variety of wildlife, from birds and insects (sedentary) to birds and mammals (nomads) that come to feed or reproduce.

Flamingos are characteristic animals of lakes

The flamingo is one of the animals of the lakes

Many species have adapted to life in lakes, even to the differences of each lake. Amphibian animals are the most numerous in them, although large herbivorous animals such as deer, zebras and giraffes can also be found that come to the lakes to drink together with omnivorous primates such as apes or monkeys.

The great African lakes

In Africa there are three large lakes that are home to a surprising variety of types of fish that only inhabit those lakes, such as cichlids, which are colorful tropical fish. There are an estimated 3.000 different species of cichlids inhabiting these three lakes, which vary dramatically in size, color, and shape depending on the lake.

Lake threats

As with the seas and rivers, the animals in the lakes are also in danger because man also pollutes their waters with the chemicals we produce.

If you need more information visit our section Aquatic animals.

List of lake animals



jellyfish It is the common name that is said to the gelatinous members belonging to the subphylum Medusozoa, an important part of the cutting edge Cnidaria. They are invertebrate animals that float freely through the planet's oceans, specifically in coastal areas. They can be found in various shapes and sizes, from a few centimeters to more than a meter.

Shrew searching for food


shrew is the common name given to the species of insectivores that belong to the Soricidae family. It is characterized by its small size and its mobile elongated snout covered with long and sensitive whiskers that protrude from the lower lip.