While on Safari in South Africa along with my friends Mike, Kate, JD and our tourism rep friend David we found ourselves on the discussion of collective nouns. For animals like Lions we all knew they were called a “pride”, a “murder of crows” and Elephants were a “herd”. However we were quite surprised to find out more a bunch more on our trip. I have put together my best list of the collective nouns of animals on Safari.

a dazzle of zebra

The collective noun for Zebras? A Dazzle! A Dazzle of Zebras! I think it probably takes the cake for the best animal collective noun ever.

a dazzle of zebra 02Aren’t they just dazzling? What…?

a venue of vultures

A Venue of Vultures! If they were flying in the sky and circling they would be called a Kettle. Some might even call them a “committee” .

giraffe 12

A “journey” of Giraffes! Or you could also use the collective noun “tower” for Giraffes.

a shitload of dung beetles

The collective noun for Dung Beetles? A “shitload” of dung beetles… not sure if I believe this one but it is pretty hilarious.

a leap of leopards

A “Leap” of Leopards. Not so scary sounding, just imagine them leaping on you for dinner. That makes it better.

a memory of elephants

Also known as a “herd” of Elephants I think I prefer a “Memory” of Elephants.

a forkl of kudu

Previous to visiting South Africa I had never heard of a Kudu before, however after I saw one for the first time I learned a collective noun for them is A “Forkl” of Kudu. Interesting… not sure what a forkl is either but I do know that Kudu taste damn delicious on the braai (South African BBQ).

a coalition of cheetahs

Cheetah’s are known as a “coalition”, sounds kind of top secret doesn’t it?

a crash of r

And these guys are my favourites as well, their collective noun is a “Crash”. Love it!

a raft of penguins

Ok… Maybe I didn’t see these guys on Safari but I did see them on Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. There are several collective nouns for Penguins and my favorites are a “raft” for when they are in the water together and a “waddle” for when they are on land. So cute!

It was definitely a fun little learning experience to hear these collective nouns while on Safari. One of the coolest things we heard as well is that Wildebeest are known as an “implausibility” and although we did see some it was ironically an implausibllity for me to get a good photo of one!

What are some of the coolest collective nouns  you have ever heard of?

UPDATE: Since first writing this post I have traveled to see a lot more beautiful animals in the wild. Because of that I have also learned a lot more collective nouns for them. Here are some more great ones to add to your vocabulary.

Gorillas – band, troop or my favourite a whoop of Gorillas.

Sloths – a bed of sloths.

Flamingoes  – a stand, regiment or flamboyant of flamingoes.

Hyenas – a cackle of hyenas.

Pandas – A bamboo, an embarrassment or a cupboard of Pandas.

Hippopotamuses – A bloat or thunder of hippos.