African Wildlife Safari - Group Names And Name Origins

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African Wildlife Safari - Group Names And Name Origins - some very interesting information.

  • Antelope - herd, cluster, tribe
  • Apes - shrewdness, troop
  • Badgers - cete, colony
  • Cats (Wild) - destruction, dowt, dout
  • Cheetah - coalition
  • Elephant - parade, herd
  • Giraffe - tower, corps, journey, group
  • Hedgehogs - array, prickle
  • Hippo - raft, pod, bloat, thunder, school
  • Hyaena - clan
  • Impala - rank
  • Jackal - skulk
  • Leopard - leap, lepe
  • Lion - pride, sault, sowse
  • Monkeys - shrewdness, cartload, troop, troup
  • Mongoose - business
  • Pigs (Wild) - sounder
  • Rhino - crash, stubbornness, herd
  • Wild Dog - pack
  • Wildebeest - implausibility, herd
  • Zebra - dazzle, zeal, cohort

Name Origins:

  • Aardvark: Afrikaans word translation "earth pig" as ears and nose resemble those of a pig, also burrows a lot.
  • Bat-eared fox: Refers to the big ears resembling those of egyptian slit-faced bat
  • Blesbok: Afrikaans word translation "bald buck" referring to the white blaze on the face
  • Bushbaby: Lives in the "bush" and their call sounds like that of a crying baby
  • Caracal: From the Turkish name "garah-gulak" meaning black ear, with reference to the black ear tufts
  • Cheetah: Hindu word "chita" meaning "spotted one"
  • Duiker: Afrikaans meaning "diver" from the action of the antelope when running away
  • Eland: Dutch word for elk, thought to be related or similar
  • Elephant: Greek word "elphas" and latin word "elephantus" for the species
  • Gemsbok: Dutch word "gems" meaning chamois in reference to colour
  • Genet: Name of area in Spain the species inhabited in the 18th century
  • Giraffe: Arabic word "xirapha" meaning "one who walks swiftly"
  • Hartebeest: Afrikaans word translation "heart cow" with reference to the shape of the horns
  • Hippopotamus: Greek "(h)ippo" meaning horse, and "pot-amus" meaning flowing river ñ a river horse
  • Honey Badger: Eats honey, badger from French word "becheur" meaning digger
  • Impala: Zulu name "imphala" and Tswana name "phala" for the species
  • Jackal: Persian name "sagal" for the golden jackal
  • Klipspringer: Afrikaans word translation "stone jumper" with reference to the bounding action in rocky habitat
  • Kudu: Khoikhoi name for the species
  • Leopard: Greek words "pardus" for panther and "leo" for lion, shortened to leopard from leopardus
  • Lion: Greek word "leon" for the species
  • Mongoose: Indian name "mangus" for the species
  • Nyala: Zulu name "iNxala" for the species
  • Pangolin: Malay name for "peng-goling" for the species, which means "the roller" from their habit of rolling into a ball for protection
  • Porcupine: Greek word "porcus" meaning pig and "spina" meaning species, direct translation "spined pig"
  • Rhinoceros: Greek word "rhis" meaning nose and "keras" meaning horn, direct translation "nose horn"
  • Springbok: Afrikaans meaning "jumping back" in reference to their unique jumping action called "pronking"
  • Warthog: Refers to the outgrowths or warts on the face
  • Zebra: Portuguese or Italian name of the species in the Congo region

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