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Animals Living in Group

Grade 3
Jun 7, 2023


Some animals live in groups. Other animals live mostly alone. Meat-eating animals often live alone. Plant-eating animals who are prey for meat-eaters often live in groups.

Different Animals

Animals that live alone are sharks, male polar bears, honey badgers, and tigers.

The animals that live in groups are penguins, giraffes, meerkats, and sheep.

Let’s discuss the benefits of animals living in groups in detail.



Animals Living in Groups

There are particular names for the group of animals when they form a group. For example, a group of dogs is called a pack.

group of dogs

For animals that live in groups, the names of the groups may differ for each species. Let’s see some examples.

  1. A group of cows is called a herd.
group of cows

2. A group of flamingoes is called a stand.

group of flamingoes

3. A group of zebras is called a zeal.

group of zebras

4. A group of monkeys is called a troop or a barrel.

group of monkeys

5. A group of lions is called a pride.

A group of lions

6. A group of fish is called a school.

group of fish

7. A group of cats is called a clowder.

 group of cats

8. A group of meerkats is called a mob or gang.

group of meerkats

9. A group of sheep is called a flock.

group of sheep

Benefits of Animals Living in a Group

To improve their chances of surviving, animals form groups.

Animals gain several benefits from living in groups.

Together, the animals hunt, raise their young, defend one another, and do various other things.


Animals live in groups for:

  • Procuring food
  • Taking care of young ones
  • Protection from predators
  • Finding mate easily
  • Energy conservation

Some animals need a group to survive; if they lived alone, their survival would be more difficult.


Did you know?

Elephants live in large herds. When they travel, they keep the babies in the middle of the line or center of the group.

How do these large groups help babies survive?


The babies are typically the ones attacked by predators because they are smaller and weaker.

If the female elephants keep them hidden and guarded, they are protected. This technique is to help babies survive.

Animals Living in Group


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