A glaring of cats
Domestic cats are superb hunters, partly because of a secret weapon—their glare. They have special light-reflecting eyes that help them see their prey at night.
A bloat of hippopotamuses
A hippo may eat up to 150 pounds of grass a day. But don’t call them bloated. A hippopotamus can weigh up to 8,000 pounds, so its food intake is actually relatively small.
A leap of leopards
A leopard can leap over 20 feet and jump up to 10 feet into the air. Leopards don’t leap together as a group though—they’re solitary big cats. But their leaping ability helps them nab prey such as speedy gazelles.
A murder of crows
Ravens have been featured in scary stories and myths for hundreds of years, probably because they’re scavengers often found near dead animals. But crows (which are very closely related to ravens) aren’t scary—they’re actually very social.
A bask of crocodiles
Crocodiles are cold-blooded creatures, meaning they can’t regulate their own body temperature and rely on the surrounding temperature to do it for them. That’s why they’re often spotted basking in the sunlight.
A zeal of zebras
It might look like zebras in a herd are biting each other, but they’re really just grooming their pals. Guess you could say they’re really zealous about keeping each other clean.
An army of caterpillars
Caterpillars aren’t exactly attack animals—these larval butterflies and moths are tasty snacks for birds, wasps, and other creatures. They’d never form an army but caterpillars do use poison, camouflage, and other tactics to avoid being eaten.
A parade of elephants
African elephants, which usually live in groups of up to 10, can walk up to 50 miles in a day in search of food, but usually walk about 8 miles a day. Either way, that's one impressive parade!
Text by Allyson Shaw, NGS Staff
Photo credits: Icarexposure, Dreamstime (cats); Noelleherzog, Dreamstime (hippos); Igor Korionov, Dreamstime (crows); Johncarnemolla, Dreamstime (crocodiles); Gerrit De Vries, Dreamstime (zebras); Gicamatescu, Dreamstime (caterpillars); John Michael Evan, Shutterstock (elephants); Julian W, Dreamstime (leopards)