Groups of Animals Adorn the 2012 Origami Holiday Tree
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The Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree is back to ring in the season! This year, the tree features 500 folded origami models of groups of animals, from a “culture” of bacteria to a “tower” of giraffes.
Why groups? In the wild, many animals—even solitary ones, such as owls—spend at least some of their time with others of their species, whether for mating, protection, or feeding.
So it’s no wonder that, over time, farmers, scientists, perhaps even poets, developed terms—sometimes whimsical—for animals in groups. A group of owls is sometimes called a "parliament."
A group of jellyfish is called a “smack.”
A group of zebras is sometimes fancifully called a "zeal."
Volunteers from the nonprofit OrigamiUSA began folding in July to complete the 500 creations, including at least one "mob" of kangaroos.