Best Animal & Nature Apps​ [Updated for 2020]

Watch nature and the animal kingdom come to life

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Animal & Nature Apps​ So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Fantastic Wildlife and Nature apps that will help your kids do things like find the closest parks, forests and nature centers all the way through to reference guides for the animal kingdom.

Animals and nature – two topics with a plethora of learning and discovering to experience. And our kiddos will love both niches. Whether the focus is on animals alone or exploring parts of nature in brand new and inspiring ways, these apps will give children of all ages the opportunity.

From toddlers learning the names of cats, dogs and cows as well as the sounds that go with them to diving into the ocean with Ms. Frizzle, there are lots of ways to explore what’s outside the front door with this inspiring list.

There’s something below for Pre-K aged kids as well as older children that need a bigger push. Get inspired by a storybook that encourages the care of our world or volunteer at an animal hospital while learning how to care for our favorite animals.

Allow your kiddos to go back in time to the age of dinosaurs. Or give them the chance to create a symphony of jungle sounds. From 2 to 10, filling up a rainy afternoon with one of the apps below will be an easy task.

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Pet World – My Animal Shelter

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

In this app, children play as volunteers at an animal rescue center. Not only will they learn about their pets, but they’ll learn how to take care of them too! The free version of the app has players caring for small critters like hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. In-app purchase options add other types of animals for prices ranging from ninety-nine cents to $2.99. There are ten other animal options, including dogs, cats, horses, and more.

Kids will love rescuing and caring for the animals, and since success is measured by how many get adopted in the game, they will be working to get them healthy and sent out to loving homes.

Animals Memory Game

Google Play Store

This is a basic matching and memory game for your kids to spend some time doing. Great for ages 4 and up, there are different levels as your little one grows and works toward better scores. The cute cartoonish animals are easy to recognize and identify, so kids will be learning while they are playing.

The app is free to download and play. There are optional in-app purchases for $1.99 each. The game offers three levels of difficulty: 2×3 puzzles up to 4×5 puzzles. The sounds are optional, and the upgraded version allows for keeping a high score record.

Kids Learn About Animals

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

A fun, educational game for children ages 1 – 4, the kiddos will learn all about their favorite animals. Learn names and unique sounds using flashcards following by comprehension games. Kids will see beautiful pictures of each animal and hear their sounds at the same time. After they become familiar with each animal, there is a matching game to see what they have learned.

This game costs $1.99 on the App Store and $2.99 on Google Play. It also has an additional advantage- kids can switch languages and learn animal names in other cultures!

WWF Together

iOS App Store

Learn about endangered species and how the World Wildlife Foundation is working to protect them. Users will see gorgeous and detailed photographs and learn facts about each animal. Enjoy in-depth, interactive stories about many types of animals, up close and personal. The app also includes stunning video clips and photos.

It is free to download. The app explains the work of the WWF and offers up to the minute environmental news, as well.


Little Kitten-My Favorite Cat

iOS App Store

Here is a collection of cute kitten games that will help your cat-loving child have fun. There are 8 different games, and kids can explore the world with the kitten. The game is designed for young children, and there are no text requirements.

The app costs $3.99 and has an array of parental controls, including a way to limit screen time. It’s designed for children from 2 to 8 years.



Audubon Bird Guide

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This app is a complete field guide to North American birds. Enter your observations and the app will narrow down the type of bird you might have seen. It has a system to keep track of your observations, as well, so you can record every sighting.

The app is free to download, and the Audubon name is trusted the world over. This app is a great addition to your collection, whether you are a hobbyist or a serious birder.


Animals 360

iOS App Store

This app ranges from a fabulous animal picture book to an animal facts quiz and even includes an animal game that will challenge older kids. The last puzzle has several different levels, so there’s a wide range of ages that will enjoy this app. There are 70 animals included, each with 5 pictures for a total of over 350 gorgeous shots. You can even use a zoom function to get a closer look.

The app is free to download and use. It has a solid rating on the App Store, so check it out!

Top Nature Apps

Care for Our World

iOS App Store

It’s important to care for our world and all its creatures. And that’s what this special book will teach your children. The ebook’s animated story takes children through diverse environments and teaches about a wealth of animals. There are also coloring pages, a game, and an Animal Encyclopedia that teaches animal facts.

The app costs $2.99 and has a perfect rating on the App Store. Users can also create custom habitats and put selected animals into them, then snap shots that are stored in the device’s photo stream for later viewing or sharing.


iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This nature app offers identification help for plants and animals in your local area as well as around the world. Users can also record their own observations about the natural world around them and share them with a community of citizen scientists over 400,000 strong.

The app is free to download and use. It’s a joint project of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.


Nature’s Notebook

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Here’s a great app for citizen scientists! It has all the tools you need to record observations over time about life cycles and more. You can mark sites, create a list of observations, and generally keep your field notes in one spot.

The app is completely free to download and use. Users report that this new version has improved functionality and reliability.




iOS App Store

This app is a collection of tree information covering the trees in North America. There are detailed photos and text information that will help users identify the tree they are looking at in the real world. It covers over 100 common trees.

The app is free to download and use. Reviewers have left countless compliments about ease of use and effectiveness, so it’s worth a look!



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