#1 Name for a group of Mammals . . .

While researching for terms (groups of various animals, etc I found lists here: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/about/faqs/animals/names.htm) – so I thought I’d share:


  • Apes:  A shrewdness
  • Asses:  A pace
  • Badgers:  A cete
  • Bats:  A colony [Adding: Cloud since it was pointed out that this term has also been used to describe a group of bats…even if the gov’t list doesn’t included it – I liked it so I’ve added it!].
  • Bears:  A sloth, sleuth
  • Buffalo:  A gang, an obstinacy (I suspect these refer to old world buffalo; use “herd” for American bison)
  • Cats:  A clowder, a pounce; for kittens…A kindle, litter, an intrigue
  • Cattle:  A drove, herd
  • Deer:  A herd, bevy (refers only to roe deer)
  • Dogs:  A litter (young), pack (wild), cowardice (of curs); specific to hounds…A cry, mute, pack, kennel
  • Elephants:  A herd
  • Elk:  A gang
  • Ferrets:  A business
  • Fox:  A leash, skulk, earth
  • Giraffes:  A tower
  • Goats:  A tribe, trip
  • Gorillas:  A band
  • Hippopotamuses:  A bloat
  • Horses:  A team, harras, rag (for colts), stud (a group of horses belonging to a single owner, string (ponies)
  • Hyenas:  A cackle
  • Kangaroos:  A troop
  • Leopards:  A leap
  • Lions:  A pride
  • Martens:  A richness
  • Moles:  A labor
  • Monkeys:  A troop, barrel
  • Mules:  A pack, span, barren
  • Otters:  A romp
  • Oxen:  A team, yoke
  • Pigs:  A drift, drove, litter (young), sounder (of swine), team, passel (of hogs), singular (refers to a group of boars)
  • Porcupines:  A prickle
  • Rabbits:  A colony, warren, nest, herd (domestic only), litter (young); specific to hares…A down, husk
  • Rhinoceroses:  A crash
  • Seals:  A pod, herd
  • Sheep:  A drove, flock, herd
  • Squirrels:  A dray, scurry
  • Tigers:  A streak
  • Whales:  A pod, gam, herd
  • Wolves:  A pack, rout or route (when in movement)



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