Nouns of Assembly

Another post to share more of my images from Africa.

While photographing wildlife, we were given some fun trivia while out on a game drive with Ryan and David – leaders of our safari trip. We were taught that there are different nouns to describe groups of animals – more accurately described as nouns of assembly. Some we knew, most others we did not….great fun…

A herd of Elephants.
A pride of Lions.
A tower or kaleidoscope of Giraffe.
A colony of Ants.
A troop of Baboons.
A float of Crocodiles.
A cast of Falcons.
A bloat of Hippos.
A leap of Leopards.
A troop of Monkeys.
A crash of Rhinos.
A mustering of Stork.
A zeal or dazzle of Zebra.

A herd of Elephants - morning light in Samburu.

Wildebeests on Crescent Island - Lake Naivasha Region


A float of Crocs - Samburu


A pride of Lions - Masai Mara


Giraffes - Masai Mara


Colony of Pelicans - Crescent Island - Lake Naivasha region.

Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming slide show I will be doing at the Nyala Restaurant in May. It will be an evening of Ethiopian Food and images of Kenya. Details to follow shortly.

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  1. ryan March 22, 2011 at 2:24 am #


    What a great post! And great photos! I’ve also heard them called a legion of giraffe…but I still think kaleidoscope is more fitting.

    And don’t forget a committee of vultures!


    • Ellie Ericson March 22, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Hey Ryan – you are so right, I forgot the Vultures…how could I!? Good to hear from you 🙂 E.

  2. brooke March 22, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    fabulous Ellie!

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