Solitary Versus Social Animals

While going on safari, we crossed paths with a solitary buffalo and were advised to keep our distance since the animal might be sick and therefore dangerous, being separated from his herd. This is but one example of the many species who live in groups. But a solitary lifestyle is nothing unusual for other animals. Species living in herds versus loners.

Animals living in groups


Herd of elephants


Bands of Mountain Gorillas


Raft of King penguins


Dolphin Pod


Two bee swarms


Red ants

Solitary animals


Brown Bear


Leopard Kaboso


Sleping koala


Red fox


Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk


Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth

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