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Names of Animals

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

My roommate and I were having a discussion about goats the other day, and collectively we wondered what you call a group of goats. Were they a herd? A flock? A gang? A mob? I’ve learned over the years that you can never assume what any group of animals is called, so I decided to look it up and found this lovely chart with a listing of animal names – not only for groups of animals, but also what the male and female of each species is called.

It turns out that a group of goats can be called a herd, a tribe, or even a trip. 

The site is easy to use – just scroll down the chart to find the animal you are looking for – they are listed in alphabetical order. The chart has columns for the name of the Animal, Male, Female, Baby, and Group. Once you’ve found the animal you were looking for, you can just read across the chart to see what the appropriate name is for each category. If you want to learn more about the animal you’re looking up, just click on the animal’s name and you’ll be whisked away to a page of information about it. 

I clicked on goat and learned that they’ve been domesticated for at least 10,000 years, can live for 9 to 12 years in wild, and that both male and female goats sport horns and beards! And that’s just a small portion of the information served up on the Goat page. I  think that this would be a great site to visit with your kids if they are interested in animals, because they can learn all about different animals with just a click.


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2 Responses to “Names of Animals”

  1. Peter Shearer says:

    Good link Amanda. Just so you know, the practice of giving names to collections of animals, of naming their children etc. is VENERY. The term comes from the good old days in England when hunting was in vogue. The following link provides additional venery terms:

    PS: you might want to add Venery to your tag list

    My favourite venery term is ‘a column of accountants’.

  2. Reb says:

    Fascinating, Thank you Amanda.

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