How Many Animals were on Noah’s Ark?

“Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 7:2-3 KJV

It is often asked if it is possible for Noah to place millions of species on the ark and take care of them for a period of several months. That question is irrelevant because he did not need to do this. Instead of working with species as we know them today, Noah was asked to take Kinds on the ark. Instead of millions of species, he probably had about 700 kinds which would require about 3,000 animals – most of which were small.

The Created Kinds that were brought on board of Noah’s Ark are often referred to as ‘Ark Kind’s’. The Ark Kinds primarily refer to the land dwelling animals that required oxygen to breathe. Swimming animals would likely survive within the flood waters. Plants are expected to survive by root systems or seeds. The land dwelling animals known today are considered to have descended from the Ark Kinds just as people have descended from Noah and his family.

At the Genus Level


Although focused more on the ark itself, one of the best models of the animals on the Ark probably comes in Woodmorappe’s book ‘Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study’. For this model he generously used the Genus level and concluded that only 16,000 animals would be needed with many of them being quite small. This would easily have fit within the ark. More strictly speaking, the Created Kinds level usually falls at the Family level and would probably require only a few thousand representative animals.

XB. Last Updated: 01/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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