A List of Funny Animal Group Names in Tanzania

Arguably, most people go on a Tanzania safari to get a glimpse of its rich wildlife. When going on a safari in Tanzania, you not only get to see the glorious Big Five but also other big and small mammals and hundreds of extraordinary bird species, making it a treat for animal lovers. But are you familiar with the many different animal group names?

You might have come across common animal group names like, pack of wolves, or litter of puppies. But there are many various collective nouns for animals out there that are much less well-known and which might sound strange and funny to you.

You might not have heard of most of the animal group names we have listed in this article because these terms are rarely used, even by scientists. So let’s take a look at the peculiar group names of the wildlife sharing our environment. We are sure you are going to love this list so make sure to use them in your conversation to get a few laughs and a lot of confused faces.

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Peculiar Animal Group Names

The Tanzanian savannah is home to an enormous variety of wildlife species. With the amount of diversity Tanzania holds, it is no surprise that the wildlife comes with diverse, strange, and interesting terms to describe them. Listed below are our favourite collective nouns.

Test your knowledge after the list by taking the quiz we have created below.  Keep track of your score and see how you rank!


  • Apes: a shrewdness
  • Badgers: a cete
  • Bats: a cauldron
  • Bees: a grist, hive, or swarm
  • Bitterns: a sedge
  • Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy
  • Caterpillars: an army
  • Cats: a clowder, pounce or glaring; for kittens: a kindle, litter or intrigue
  • Cheetahs: a coalition
  • Clams: a bed
  • Cobras: a quiver
  • Cockroaches: an intrusion
  • Coots: a cover
  • Cormorants: a gulp
  • Crabs: a consortium
  • Crocodiles: a bask
  • Crows: a murder or horde
  • Dogs: a litter (puppies), pack (wild), or cowardice (curs)
  • Donkeys: a pace
  • Dotterel: a trip
  • Doves: a dule or pitying (specific to turtle doves)
  • Ducks: a brace, team, flock (in flight), raft (on water), paddling or badling
  • Eagles: a convocation
  • Elephants: a parade
  • Elk: a gang
  • Finches: a charm
  • Fish in general: a draft, nest, run, school, or shoal
  • Flamingos: a stand
  • Flies: a business
  • Fox: a leash, skulk, or earth
  • Frogs: an army
  • Geese: a flock, a flamboyance, gaggle (on the ground), or skein (in flight)
  • Giraffes: a tower
  • Goats: a tribe or trip
  • Gorillas: a band
  • Grasshoppers: a cloud
  • Grouse: a pack (in the late season)
  • Hawks: a cast, kettle (in flight), or boil (two or more spiraling in the air)
  • Herons: a sedge or siege
  • Herring: an army
  • Hippopotamuses: bloat or thunder
  • Hyenas: a cackle
  • Jays: a party or scold
  • Jellyfish: a bloom, fluther, or smack
  • Lapwings: a deceit
  • Larks: an exaltation
  • Lemurs: a conspiracy
  • Leopards: a leap
  • Lions: a pride or sawt
  • Lobsters: a risk
  • Magpies: a tiding, gulp, murder, or charm
  • Moles: a labor
  • Monkeys: a troop or barrel
  • Mosquitoes: a scourge
  • Mules: a pack, span, or barren
  • Nightingales: a watch
  • Otters: a romp
  • Owls: a parliament
  • Oysters: a bed
  • Parrots: a pandemonium or company
  • Partridge: a covey
  • Peafowl: ostentation or muster
  • Pheasant: a nest, nide (a brood), nye, or bouquet
  • Pigs: a drift, drove, sounder, team, or a passel
  • Plovers: a congregation or wing (in flight)
  • Porcupines: a prickle
  • Porpoises: a pod, school, herd, or turmoil
  • Quail: a bevy or covey
  • Rabbits: a colony, warren, nest, down, husk, or herd (domestic only)
  • Ravens: an unkindness
  • Rhinoceroses: a crash
  • Sharks: a shiver
  • Snails: a hood
  • Snakes, vipers: a nest
  • Snipe: a walk or wisp
  • Sparrows: a host
  • Squid: an audience
  • Squirrels: a dray or scurry
  • Starlings: a murmuration
  • Storks: a mustering
  • Swans: a bevy, game, or wedge (in flight)
  • Teal: a spring
  • Tigers: an ambush or streak
  • Toads: a knot
  • Trout: a hover
  • Turtles: a bale or nest
  • Whales: a pod, gam, or herd
  • Wildebeest: a confusion
  • Wolves: a pack, rout, or route (when in movement)
  • Woodcocks: a fall
  • Woodpeckers: a descent
  • Zebras: a dazzle

Pretty wild collective nouns right? A cauldron of bats. A murder of crows. A flamboyance of flamingos. A conspiracy of lemurs. While these collective nouns are rarely used, animal group names that are oftentimes weird, funny, and incredibly colorful can be a subject that is both interesting and fun to know and talk about on safari.

Now that you know a little bit about weird and funny animal group names, can you guess the group names for the animals you’ll see on safari? Keep track of your score and see how you rank! But before we take the quiz on peculiar animal group names, let us take a look at why animals often have such weird and funny collective nouns, shall we?


What’s up with these Collective Nouns?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a Collective Noun is a noun that refers to a group of people or things. Common examples of collective nouns are “family” and “team.” Collective nouns are amazing because, through these collective nouns, we get a quick and easy description of a group of people, things, or animals.

When you come across a collective noun of a group of animals, you will immediately know what kind of animals they are. 

It is the descriptiveness of the collective nouns of animals that make them so unique and fun. These nouns tell us something about the animal. Like, their behavior, shape, or form. This in turn gives us an insight into their natures and personalities. A great example of this would be the collective noun of Girrafes: “A tower.” Can you think of a better word that can describe a group of these lanky giants?