From the team at BBC Wildlife Magazine

New animal emojis approved for 2019 update

Unicode have added new wildlife emojis to the character list.

Published: February 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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230 new characters have been included in Unicode’s 2019 official list of emojis, including six wild animals.


Updated: The list of new emojis for 2020 has now been announced and includes a wider range of wild animals than 2019’s update, with two extinct mammals added to the list.

View the 2020 emoji list 

Flamingo emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Flamingo emoji. © Unicode Consortium
Sloth emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Sloth emoji. © Unicode Consortium
Orangutan emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Orangutan emoji. © Unicode Consortium
Skunk emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Skunk emoji. © Unicode Consortium
Oyster emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Oyster emoji. © Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit Californian-based organisation which develops and promotes the use of Unicode Standard, which allows people using different devices and apps to send emojis to each other.

The Consortium’s members include representatives from software developers and computing organisations, such as Microsoft and Adobe.

Alongside the six animals, the majority of the new emojis in the Unicode Emoji 12.0 list are accessibility-themed emojis, following a complaint from Apple.

Individual products such as hearing aids and white canes are featured, as are people from different ethnicities using disability aids.

Manual wheelchair emoji. © Unicorde Consortium
Manual wheelchair emoji. © Unicode Consortium

The designs can be tweaked by platform owners, such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter, but are supposed to remain recognisable.

The new emojis are likely to be available on smartphones in the second half of the year.

Other new emojis include:

  • A waffle
  • A banjo
  • A diving mask
  • A drop of blood
  • An ice cube
  • Ballet shoes


Megan ShersbyEditorial and digital co-ordinator at BBC Wildlife Magazine, and

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