What Is a Herd of Elephants Called?

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A herd of elephants is called a parade. Elephants naturally live in herds with linear and established social orders. They require large areas in which to raise families, breed, travel, forage and live. The climates of Asia and Africa are ideal for these activities.

Female and male elephants live out very different lives. The females live out their lives in closely knit groups with other females that include sisters, aunts, daughters and mothers. These groups are led by a matriarch, who is typically the oldest female. The males live out socially active lives, interacting with other males on the borders of their groups and females from other herds.