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90 ESL conversation questions about animals

Having fun conversations in English is one of the best ways to learn the language. The more you speak a new language, the quicker you pick it up.

If you want to help your students practice their English speaking skills with ESL conversation questions, use this list of 90 conversation questions about animals to get your classroom talking!

ESL conversation questions about animals

  1. What is your favourite animal? Why?
  2. What is your least favourite animal? Why?
  3. Did you have any pets growing up?
  4. Have you ever been to an aquarium? What animals did you see there?
  5. Have you ever been to a zoo? What animals did you see there?
  6. What do you think of zoos and aquariums?
  7. What is the strangest animal you’ve ever seen in captivity?
  8. What is the most interesting animal you’ve ever seen in the wild?
  9. What are some of the most unusual animals in the world?
  10. What do you think is the most dangerous animal in the world?
  11. What are some of the most interesting facts about animals?
  12. Are you a “dog person” or a “cat person”?
  13. Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter or rescue center?
  14. If you could have any pet, what would it be?
  15. Would a dolphin make a good pet? Why or why not?
  16. Do you think keeping pets in homes is cruel or necessary for many people’s happiness?
  17. In what ways has human society benefited from studying wild animals?
  18. How has human society benefited from domesticated animals?
  19. How do humans affect animal habitats?
  20. How do domesticated animals impact human societies?
  21. What kind of jobs would be an animal lover’s dream career choice?
  22. If a wild animal showed up in your backyard, what would you do?
  23. If you could keep any wild animal as a house pet, which animal would you choose?
  24. What are some examples of endangered species?
  25. Does your country have many wildlife sanctuaries to preserve endangered species?
  26. Are there any endangered animal species in your country? What are they?
  27. What do you think of endangered species conservation efforts?
  28. Do you think animal rights should be taken seriously?
  29. Do you think animals have emotions?
  30. Do you think animals can understand human emotions?
  31. Do you think animals have personalities like humans?
  32. Why do some animals migrate long distances each year?
  33. What kinds of behaviors do animals use to communicate with each other?
  34. How can people help protect endangered species?
  35. Do you think animals should have rights like humans?
  36. How do you think the animal kingdom has changed over time?
  37. What are some of the biggest threats to animal populations around the world?
  38. What are some ways that people can help endangered species recover?
  39. What are some of the ways that animals help maintain balance in nature?
  40. What are the most common animal behaviours that humans find fascinating?
  41. How many animals can you name in English?
  42. What is your favorite animal? Why? 
  43. What is your least favorite animal? Why?
  44. Are you afraid of any animals?
  45. Have you ever been bitten by an animal?
  46. What is the craziest experience you’ve ever had with an animal?
  47. Do you have a spirit animal?
  48. Are you a ‘cat person’ or a ‘dog person’?
  49. Did you have any companion animals or pets when you were growing up?
  50. Do you have a pet animal today?
  51. What are the pros and cons of owning a pet?
  52. Have any animals become extinct in your country?
  53. How many endangered animals can you name in English?
  54. What animals are native to your country?
  55. Which animals make the best pets?
  56. Which animals shouldn’t be kept as pets?
  57. Why do humans enjoy keeping animals as pets?
  58. How would humans be different if we didn’t have pets?
  59. Which animals are the most intelligent in the animal kingdom?
  60. Which animals are the dumbest in the animal kingdom?
  61. In your opinion, what is the most beautiful animal or cutest-looking animal on earth?
  62. What are the fastest animals on earth?
  63. What are some of the biggest sea animals?
  64. What are the most friendly animals on earth?
  65. What is the weirdest looking animal on earth?
  66. Which country has the most fascinating animals?
  67. Which country has the most dangerous animals?
  68. Do you prefer land creatures or sea creatures?
  69. What can humans learn from animals?
  70. Would you ever take a job with animals?
  71. Which animals make the best therapy animals?
  72. How have animals helped humans in the past?
  73. How can humans help the animal kingdom?
  74. What would happen to humanity if animals suddenly died?
  75. What animal would you like to see in real life?
  76. Does your country have a national animal? What is it?
  77. What are the most famous animals in the world?
  78. Have you ever ridden a horse?
  79. Would you like to go whale watching?
  80. Would you like to swim with a dolphin one day?
  81. Have you ever trained an animal? 
  82. Do you think it’s okay to kill bugs and spiders? Or should they be caught and released?
  83. Should animals be kept in zoos? Why or why not?
  84. Should fish be kept in tanks?
  85. Do you think it’s okay to wear fur coats? Why or why not?
  86. Is it okay to eat whale meat and shark products? Why or why not?
  87. Is it okay to buy a pet from a breeder? Why or why not?
  88. If animals could talk, what do you think they would tell us?
  89. If your pet could talk, what do you think it would say?
  90. If you could be any animal, which animal would you be? Why?

Whether they’re cute and cuddly or scary and dangerous, animals play a big part in all of our lives. And conversation questions about animals can help you connect with others in delightful ways.

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