A Petting Zoo Person is a type of character who is so anthropomorphized that they resemble an animal's skin, head and tail placed on an otherwise human body frame. This is a higher degree of anthropomorphism than the Funny Animal (who retain the general shape and proportions of the animal), but a step below those that are a Little Bit Beastly (whose only animal features are their ears and tail, possibly claws); in Japan, this level of anthropomorphism is referred to as "kemono" (which is shortened term of kemono-obito or beast-man, and is also what Japanese furries call themselves).
Petting Zoo People typically feature the following:
They possess the animal's full head and face, and (where applicable) the animal's tail.
Where Little Bit Beastly folks have human skin, Petting Zoo People possess fur-, feather-, or scale-covered bodies. Sometimes they have a mix of skin accented with heavy concentrations of fur (et al), a built-in Pretty in Mink as it were. Mammalian species with little to no fur by default (elephants, cetaceans, etc.) get a pass.
They may feature animal-like claws or pads on their hands, or may stand on digitigrade feet resembling the animal's hind legs.
Their body frame can often be measured by human proportions, e.g: six to eight "heads" tall, legs comprising half their body height, etc.
They display all the mannerisms of a human individual, such as speaking human language (unless they're The Speechless) and wearing clothes on their body. The type of clothes varies with each setting; Petting Zoo People in 'modern' or science fiction settings will wear modern-day attire, while individuals in fantasy or "native" settings might wear only a loincloth and jewellery. Petting Zoo People are much more likely to be Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals.
Borderline PZP have a body that does not look simply like an animal-accented human body, nor does it keep the basic shape of the animal entirely like a Funny Animal. They look partly humanoid and partly like their species, often they have either humanoid legs and non-humanoid torso, humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs, or look semi-humanoid all over. Many top heavy bipedal animal characters are of the humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs variety. Females are depicted with human-like breasts fairly often.
Borderline LBB have a animal-accented human face and body frame with the animal's ears, nose, tail (where applicable), markings, and sometimes fur, feathers, or scales. They have a mostly or nearly human-shaped head and little or no semblance of their species' muzzle. If they are a bird, they have the beak or bill respective to their species that is small regardless of their species on an otherwise human-shaped head. These are not to be confused with a Beast Man, which although he/she looks like this variant, he/she is a human with several animalistic physical and even behavorial traits.
In Mahou Sensei Negima!, the Magical World seems mostly composed of Kemonomimis, but there are quite a few Petting Zoo People too. Most notable is "Bear Mama", the bear woman who took care of some of the characters for a while.
There's also Bepo, a polar bear wearing a jumpsuit in the Heart Pirates (led by Trafalgar Law). Additionally, a sharply dressed lion in shades named Pekoms is under one of the most powerful pirates in the world: "Big Mom" Charlotte Linlin of the Four Emperors.
Foxy also had three rat Petting Zoo People in his crew who helped him prepare for the grand match of Davy Back Fight.
Tower of God has Rak, a giant, humanoid Blood Knight alligator and Gyetang, a walking bird with a giant shuriken on his back.
In Bleach, Sajin Komamura appears to be a giant wolf man.
Chicken George from Fourteen is a chicken variety of this.
They are a common sight in the Dragon Ball series, even moreso in the earlier arcs. Major characters that fit this trope included Puar, Oolong, and Korin. Other examples of this trope are Captain Yellow (a tiger), a high-ranking officer of the Red Ribbon Army and King Furry (a dog), the King of Earth.
Captain Yellow's design in particular was likewise a reference to the Flying Tigers from World War II. The fact that he also happens to be a plane pilot also cements this.
At least three of Doraemon's Non Serial Movies have settings around anthropomorphic animals' societies, one having mixed up species, one having birds, and one having dogs and cats. They act and speak so similarly to the Earthlings that the heroes are always able to disguise themselves simply with animal outfits and use the language translation gum.
Arguably the design shift was codified with Patrick Spaziante's work, who did art for the comic rather early in its run (his earliest art for Issue 25 already uses a rather humanoid Sally for example); however, the designs only became consistent around the time artists such as Butler and Jay Axer began doing pencils for the series. This is true for Sally Acorn at least. Bunnie's more humanoid redesign was due to a canonical upgrade for her robotic limbs while Lupe was noticably more humanoid than the others, even in the cartoon.
Maus, a story about the Holocaust, with different species standing in for different nationalities/races.
Blacksad is one of the currently most famous examples in the European comic book world, starring mostly animals of all kinds with very human-like bodies, ranging from straight-up PZP to Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
De cape et de crocs: The main leads are an anthropomorphic fox and wolf. They also are noblemen; and both have human Love Interests. Their sidekick is a rabbit (and former Guard of the Cardinal!)
Most of the supporting cast of Sonic the Comic gradually turned into this. At first they were just animals standing on two legs, usually keeping their animalistic proportions (so, for instance, pig Porker Lewis had a large belly, and rabbit Johnny Lightfoot had notably longer hind legs), but after Robotnik took over Mobius most characters started wearing clothes and assumed more humanoid proportions. Porker's the most obvious example, as his pig trotters were replaced with five-fingered hands (presumably due to his status as the team's tech expert).
In Robert E. Howard's Kull story "The Shadow Kingdom" the Snakemen have human bodies and reptilian heads.
In C. J. Cherryh's Chanur Saga the viewpoint characters are all Hani, a species which are anthropomorphic lions. The Hani's society is based on Earth lions, with clans of adult females which are each theoretically ruled by an adult male, but in reality the male is merely a pampered figurehead who rubber-stamps the decisions made by the females.
This is a popular design for androids in Rick Griffin's Argo.
Arol in the Norwegian fantasy series Phenomena, who is an icebear commonly called "winter bear" in-story, but sometimes typoed(?) as icebear. He and his tribe wears clothes and armors and talks like everyone else and walks on two a lot. Though he runs on four.
The Fithp in Niven and Pournelle's Footfall have a lot of similar characteristics, both physically and with their "herd" culture, to elephants. This is lampshaded somewhat when they observe elephants in Africa and wonder why they haven't become the dominant Earth species.
Seen from time to time among the wide assortment of alien species in Perry Rhodan. A particularly conspicuous example, however, would be the mostly-benevolent Duchy of Krandhor introduced in the post-issue #1000 story arc, whose various member species practically ran this trope into the ground — anthropomorphic lizards, squirrels, (air-breathing) squids and whatnot united under the mostly-benevolent leadership of anthropomorphic "wolf-lions"... The subplot set there didn't exactly prove popular with the established fanbase, and while Petting Zoo People of various stripes have shown up both before and since they never did so again in such a concentrated form.
The moreaus of S.A. Swann's Moreau Series are mostly this, although some early types border on Civilized Animal. Moreaus are typicall bipedal, possessing functional hands and full speech capacity. Other human-like traits vary, although they're usually animalistic in appearance, and females lack visible breasts. Some strains have enhanced capacity for facial expression, and a few can even cry.
The animals of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu picture books are pretty much this.
Mythology and Religion
Some deities from Egyptian Mythology are portrayed this way. Not because the Egyptians thought their gods actually looked like this, but because those animals symbolized many characteristics and certain aspects of their respective deity (or were sacred to them) as the bird Ibis was to the god Thoth. (The Gods looked human and the 'Petting-Zoo People' were their fursonas.)
The characters in My Cage are half-petting Zoo People/half-Funny animal. Taking place in a world where all the humans mysteriously disappeared off the face of the earth leaving the animals to take over and evolve into humanoid forms.
Joe Camel is this.
Sports mascots are often this with animal heads on athletic bodies, and almost universally so when a physical outfit is used, since it's harder for a human inside to operate a non-human character and putting most of the effort into the head is more economical.
Data East's Playboy 35th Anniversary pinball features a human-sized white rabbit wearing a black suit and slacks, interacting with the playmates at the Mansion pool.
In Police Force, the police officers are Petting Zoo People, sporting human-like proportions and wearing clothes that almost completely cover their bodies.
Crabmen - crab people. Fiend Folio, renamed to Yurian
Desmodus - bat people. MMII
Dragonborn - dragon people. Dragon magic
Equicephs - horse people. Miniatures handbook
Firenewts - lizard people again. Serpent kingdoms
Formians - ant people. Monster manual
Giff - hippopotamus people. Dragon 339
Gnolls - hyena people. Monster manual
Goatfolk (Ibixians) - goat people. MMIII
Gripplis - frog people again, but this time tree frog. Dragon 324
Hadozees - ape people. Stormwrack
Hurgeons - hedgehog people. I don't think this is anywhere in 3.5
Kercpa - squirrel people. Again, not updated.
Kenku - another bird people, with looks of a hawk and attitude of a magpie. MMIII
Lizardfolk - lizard people again. Monster manual
Locathah - fish people. Monster manual
Loxos - elephant people. Shining South
Minotaurs - bull people. Monster manual
Nycters - bat people again. MMIII
Psurlons - earthworm people. MMII
Pterafolk - pteranodon people. Serpent Kingdoms
Rakshasas - tiger people. Monster manual
Sahuagin - shark people. Monster manual
Saurials - dinosaur people. Serpent Kingdoms
Sivs - frog people again. Races of Faeun
Tabaxis - leopard people. Not in 3.5
Thri-kreen - praying mantis people. Shining South or XPH
Urskans - bear people. Frostburn
Wemics - lion people. Races of Faerun
Yak Folk - yak people. MMII
...and Mystara has an extra collection of its own on top of all this.
Exalted: Not only there are all kinds of Petting Zoo People (called 'Beastmen') in the Threshold, but if you're a Lunar, you can breed your own people. Nothing stops you from breeding the more outlandish kind.
"Magic: The Gathering" has quite a few of these. In addition to common fantasy races that fall into this trope (such as minotaurs), you have Homarids (crab people), Viashino (lizard people), Cephalids (squid people), Nantuko (insect people), Aven (bird people), Leonin (cat people), Nacatl (different cat people), Loxodon (elephant people), Kitsune (fox people), Nezumi (rat people), Orochi (snake people), Amphin (salamander people), Wolfir (wolf people), and, in a parody set, Assfolk (donkey people). Sometimes merfolk are also depicted not as half-human, half-fish, but as full-on fish people and, on Lorwyn, faeries are basically insect people.
The Argonians from The Elder Scrolls are anthropomorphic lizards, yet the females have mammaries and the males have bulging loincloths. Morrowind dropped this, however, with the females in that game having no mammaries and the males having no visible... equipment. Also, in addition are the Khajiit, another beast race which are basically anthropomorphic cats.
Oblivion picked it back up though, to the point where the two beast races have human-like bodies, but are covered in fur/scales and have a tail.
One of the most immediately apparent distinguishing characteristics of the Breath of Fire series.
They and one or two Little Bit Beastly characters comprise a decreasingly large portion of the playable characters as the series goes on, culminating in the most recent game lacking playable PZP s entirely.
Some Pokémon, such as Lucario, resemble animals with human bodies.
New Worlds Ateraan has felines, lykos (wolf-like), and nykos (jackal-like) as playable races. Comparing members of the race to their animal counterparts is seen as an insult.
Thunderscape has Lizard Folk rapacians, and magically created humanoid-animal hybrids ferrans. The game has feline, canine, reptile, eagle PCs (who only differ with character portraits) and a rhino NPC; the novels mention much more species.
CHEVALIER: The animal characters in this romantic fantasy adventure are a prime example. Here.
The cast of The Cyantian Chronicles are mostly human-animal hybrids created by an ancient alien race, largely divided into digitigrade Ricael (wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals...), and plantigrade Talin (rabbits, mice, sheep, mounties aka felines...). But there's also quite a few aliens of this form and some new hybrids (most notably fruit-scented skunks and psychic raccoons) created by the fox.
Lackadaisy takes place in an American 1920's where all humans are cats. Other animals such as dogs and pigs exist as we know them; so even though the reader perceives the characters as cats, they are truly and essentially human.
The heroine of the webcomic Freefall is a genetically engineered wolflike humanoid who carries with her a ton of instincts, most of which she can control by concentrating. Her running commentary of how she fits into human society is one of the highlights of the series.
Just to give you a taste: Florence had to practice ventriloquism to be able to talk right, because she can't use her lips to say P, M, or B. She has to hold herself back from chasing small moving things (she has at least once leapt from a moving vehicle when someone threw a ball). She can hear sounds in a range humans can't, so some places that are quiet to humans are very loud to her, and she had to learn not to shout over sounds nobody but she hears.
And she really must remember not to bare her fangs when imitating a human smile. Although, her horrific grin allows her to get her own way a lot.
She also can't see all colours, so she carries a device that names objects' colours for her, in case it's important (probably good, considering that her occupation is nuclear engineer). She mentions once having dyed her fur blue because her friends said she looked good in blue - the result didn't exactly work out.
In TwoKinds, the Wolf-tribe of Keidrans are the most militaristic beastmen faction. One of their princes was supposed to marry a high-ranking politician from the Tiger tribe to legally join forces and take revenge on humanity. There are also dog-keidrans and fox-keidrans.
Basitins, which are a feline-like species separate from the Keidrans, also count.
Kira (fox) and Toby (lion) from Chivalry And Knavery. They describe themselves as humans who have animals among their ancestors, but the details are never elaborated beyond "A Wizard Did It."
In Everyday Heroes, Uma Quipleure and her father resemble cows. Pity the poor guy who accidentally called Uma a stupid cow (which would be like calling a human girl a "big ape"). Uma can also make good use of Hammerspace.
The Ambis in Jix bear a slight resemblance to foxes. This was later explained by the fact that a different race of aliens abducted a group of proto-Ambis and planted them on Earth as an experiment and they evolved into foxes. Humans frequently mistake Ambis for "oddly colored dogs".
GELF in RankAmateur are usuallly this. The Virtual Intelligence programs are almost always given this form by their host AIs, as it is supposed to be user-friendly.
Ozy and Millie takes place in a world completely of PZP, although it's supposed to be an alternate version of our world (the setting is Seattle). Still, real world people have been mentioned but never seen such as John Lennon, Oscar Wilde and George W. Bush. So whether they're talking about animal versions of said celebrities or humans exist but are just never shown is unknown.
Terinu has the Vulpine, which are anthro foxes, and the Galapados (anthro lizards) which exist beside races like the Galen, who are a Little Bit Beastly and the Ferin, who are... god only knows.
Outworld is a sci-fi webcomic that features Petting Zoo People as its main cast.
All the people in Nexus Gate are Petting Zoo People of some sort. Most species of animal can be found though a few, such as various fish, are restricted by the game's rules.
Orion's Arm has Splices and Rianths, who are Petting Zoo People created out of humans and animals via LEGO Genetics. The difference between a Splice and a Rianth is based on their clade's origins (Rianths are usually descended from humans who made themselves more bestial, while splices tend to be descendants of genetically modified slaves), and is pretty muddled in general.
The majority of humanlike animal characters in Arthur are Petting Zoo People but some of them are an edge case of Little Bit Beastly.
For example, Buster Baxter is a Petting Zoo Person because his head looks reasonably rabbitlike, but his mother and father border on Little Bit Beastly because their heads look like human heads with rabbit ears and noses on them.
In a similar vein to the above, the three Nephews and Daisy were shifted into a borderline PZP style during Quack Pack. Donald, however, retained his standard design (although his body stands up a little straighter than normal, but not by enough to change where he falls).
Fenton Crackshell's girlfriend Gandree Dee in DuckTales is very much a PZP.
Many of the female cats in Tom and Jerry including Toodles Galore are either PZP or borderline PZP.
Mordecai on Regular Show is a naked humanoid blue jay, somewhere between a Funny Animal and a Borderline PZP. His crush, Margaret (a cardinal), is even closer to this trope, as is Rigby's older brother Don (despite also being nude). Mordecai's somewhat humanoid design contrasts quite a lot with Rigby's raccoon appearance, which isn't humanized that much.
Despite being about the same size as Rigby, Eileen probably counts. She's a mole with a Furry Female Mane, human-like breasts, and "fur" the color of a human skintone. Only her tail makes it obvious she's not human.
In the second cartoon series, but not in the two live-action movies, Alvin and the Chipmunks are either Borderline Petting Zoo People or straight-up Petting Zoo People and the Chipettes are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
A painting of King Julien that Maurice was painting in one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar depicts him with this appearance.
In Muzzy In Gondoland most inhabitants of Gondoland look like dogs. Goblinoid Corvax was supposed to be a bat. Extraplanetary Muzzy is a green bear. The king looks like a lion.
The characters of the French-Canadian Animesque show The Mysteries Of Alfred Hedgehog fit this trope, and with some characters, it's closer to Borderline LBB. Humanlike hair on male characters, some characters pretty much lacking a muzzle and just having a fur-covered human face with an animal-like nose, and (most surprisingly) humanlike ears are featured.