How Many Animals Were on the Ark?

by Ken Ham on November 28, 2017


This is Ken Ham, on a mission to call the church back to the authority of God’s Word.


Unbelievers often mock the account of Noah’s Flood by saying there is no way Noah could have fit millions of species on the Ark. But the Bible doesn’t say Noah needed to take two of every species. After all, species is a modern word.

Instead, Genesis says Noah took two of every “kind.”

Now researchers have discovered that “kind” is usually equivalent to “family” in our modern classification scheme. And Noah only had to take land-dwelling, air-breathing kinds on the Ark.

Including known extinct kinds, there are only about 1,400 kinds Noah had to take with him. Accounting for two of every kind, and seven pairs of some, he only needed a few thousand animals.

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