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What Do You Call a Group of Zebras and Other Weird Animal Names

Walking home from school the other day, Tee asked me if fish went to school too. I thought I would be funny and tell her, “Yes! Fish swim in schools all day long!” Then I had to explain that a school is the special name for a group of fish.

A school of fish

What ensued was a lengthy question and answer period about names for various groups of animals. A pride of lions, a herd of cows, and a murder of crows I already knew, but when it started to get a little out there, “Mommy, what do you call a group of zebras?” I had to ask Uncle Google for help.

If you have a curious little one like mine (or if you’ve ever wondered yourself), I thought it would be fun to share some of the weird, interesting, and surprisingly appropriate names I found.

A congregation of alligators

A shrewdness of apes

A cloud of bats

A cloud of bats

A sloth (or sleuth) of bears

A flutter of butterflies

A wake of buzzards

A caravan of camels

A caravan of camels

A clowder of cats

A quiver of cobras

An intrusion of cockroaches (Eww!)

A convocation of eagles

A business of ferrets

A skulk of foxes

A tower of giraffes (That one just makes me smile.)

A tower of giraffes

A bloat of hippos

A cackle of hyenas (That one’s a no brainer.)

A prowl of jaguars

A bloom of jellyfish

A bloom of jellyfish

A troop of kangaroos

An exaltation of larks

A leap of leopards

A consortium of octopi

A parliament of owls (I can just imagine them sitting around wisely discussing statesmanship.)

A waddle of penguins (on land) or a raft of penguins at sea

A waddle of penguins (on land) or a raft of penguins (at sea)

A drift of pigs

A prickle of porcupines (How appropriate!)

An unkindness of ravens

A crash of rhinoceroses

A crash of rhinoceroses

A shoal of seahorses

A murmuration of starlings

A streak of tigers

A knot of toads

A sneak of weasels

And those zebras? Turns out a group of zebras is called a zeal or a dazzle. Neat!

A zeal of zebras


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