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Wildebeest or Gnu

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Wildebeest or Gnu

I understand that Wildebeest is the name used in Southafrica, is it also that in all the english language spoken countries?
In Sweden we use Gnu as the name of it.
What name is used for all the different countries in Europe?

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Gnoe @ Holland

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Wildebeest is Dutch literally translated meaning "wild cattle". While the early Dutch settlers in South Africa may have thought that the animal looked like a cow it is more closely related to the antelope family than to buffalo and domestic cattle.

The term gnu, which is also sometimes used in English, I believe comes from the sound the animal makes. Sit watching the annual East African migration of over a million Wildebeest, you will hear lots of "gnu's"

Landi

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We say Gnu too.

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"Foldron" wrote:
I understand that Wildebeest is the name used in Southafrica, is it also that in all the english language spoken countries? In Sweden we use Gnu as the name of it. What name is used for all the different countries in Europe?

Polish: Gnu

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"Foldron" wrote:
What name is used for all the different countries in Europe?
Danish: Gnu French: gnou

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Gnu is a general term for a wildebeest - but a blue wildebeest, which you see on the cam, is a 'brindled' gnu. Black wildebeest (white tailed gnu)occur (predominately) in the Cape.

There are currently 5 recognised sub-species of Blue Wildebeest in Africa: Cookson's wildebeest occur in Zambia, Eastern & WesternWhite Bearded Gnu occur in East Africa & The Nyassa Gnu in Malawi (I think).

(information supplied by Quinton Martins of the Cape Leopard Trust, so don't blame me if it's wrong - thanks Quin)

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"Foldron" wrote:
I understand that Wildebeest is the name used in Southafrica, is it also that in all the enlish language spoken countries? In Sweden we use Gnu as the name of it. What name is used for all the different countries in Europe?
Hi Foldron !....austrians and germans call it "Gnu" also.... Eye-wink

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