25 Strange Names For Groups Of Animals

Posted by on December 24, 2012

We all know that a group of cows is a herd and a group of fish is a school but what about a group of cockroaches? Unless you work at the city zoo or have done extensive field work in the African savanna you will probably be surprised by some of the names on this list. From murders to cackles to coalitions these are 25 strange names for groups of animals.


A Coalition of Cheetahs

As with most large mammals cheetahs usually live in highly structured social groups, or at least the males do. Females tend to live their own shortly after leaving their cubs to fend for themselves.


A Crash of Elephants

As with cheetahs, it should come as no surprise that elephants are highly social animals. In fact, they have some of the strongest family ties of any animal on this list. They engage in everything from greeting ceremonies and complex communication to teaching and communal care.


A Cauldron of Bats

Recent studies have shown that bats are highly socially intelligent creatures that maintain relationships for extended periods of time. Of course this may seem obvious given that they usually reside in large groups, complex social interactions like those seen among primates, elephants, and dolphins usually require large, complex brains.


A Cream of Turkeys

Turkeys are highly social animals that live in “flocks” with a very recognizable pecking order.


A Congregation of Alligators

These long-lived territorial creatures are actually highly sociable and display a wide range of complex behavior.


An Audience of Squid

While some species of squid are extremely solitary, others exhibit advanced social relationships with complex communication among group members.


A Tower of Giraffes

Giraffes are non territorial, social animals. They live in open herds with no specific leader and generally there is a lack of coordination in herd movement.


A Risk of Lobsters

If you see one lobster, chances are you’ll probably see more. They are very social animals and tend to live in close proximity to one another.


A Pot of Water Buffalo

Water buffalo have been known to form herds that range anywhere from 10 members to over 100.


A Shiver of Sharks

Although it is rare, sharks do congregate from time to time. For the most part, however, the stigma holds true as they are highly independent and solitary predators with even the offspring of some species left to fend for themselves.