Animal Tokens are somewhat rare items exclusive to the original Donkey Kong Country. As the name implies, animal tokens are tokens of the Animal Buddies that are golden and sparkly in design. They appeared in random locations in various levels and, to collect one, the player just had to walk on it. It would then float up to the top of the screen, make a noise and disappear. The token would appear along with any other tokens the Kongs have collected and, if three of the same type were, the Kongs would be teleported to a secret room.
Upon getting three of the same type, a bonus room was accessed. If the Kongs got three of Expresso's tokens, they would go to his bonus area, etc. The bonus area is a timed mini-game where the Kongs would transform into the animal that got the three tokens and would need to collect mini-animal tokens as fast as they can. There is a generous ninety nine second time limit, though drains fast. For every 100 mini-tokens collected, the player would get a free Extra Life Balloon. Any leftover tokens will not be counted for, and do not carry over to later games. There is also a giant animal token located in a secret area in each bonus area, which will double the player's current score.
These tokens did not make any other appearance aside from Donkey Kong Country, likely because of how easy it is to backtrack to early levels, retrieve old tokens that reappear once a level is exited and stock up on lives. It was possible to get multiple lives, particularly with Expresso's game, to ease harder levels.
|Items (excluding mostly Barrels)|
|General||Animal Crate • Animal Token • (Giant) Banana (Bunch) • Crate • Crystal Coconut • Crystal Star • End of Stage Target • Extra Life Balloon • Kannon • Kannonball • K-O-N-G Letters • No Animal Sign • Tire • Treasure Chest|
|Coins||Banana Coin • Bear Coin • Bonus Coin • DK Coin • Kremkoin • Kong Token • Nintendo Coin • Rareware Coin|
|Vehicles||Gyrocopter • Hover Craft • Mine Cart • Motor Boat • Rocket Barrel • Skull Cart • Toboggan • Turbo Ski|
|Shop||Banana Juice • DK Barrel (DD, DX & CK Barrels) • Extra Life Balloon • Heart Boost • Map Key • Squawks the Parrot|
|Others||Banana Fairy • Banana Medal • Boss Key • Cog • Crest • Golden Feather • Puzzle Piece • Rare Orb|
|Micellaneous||Brothers Bear Items (Bowling Ball • Mirror)|