Do you prefer to be alone or around other people? Have you ever asked that question about animals? Take a second to think about it. Can you name some animals that live in groups and others that live mostly solitary lives? Why might animals choose to live in groups? Animals may live together for many different reasons. They live in groups both large and small. One of the most important reasons would be for survival. How does living together help animals survive? There are many ways. Animals like bees, ants, even naked mole rats live in colonies. Animals like elephants and caribou live in herds. Primates often live in social groups, and some species of wild cats and dogs come together to hunt.