Snapshot Serengeti Talk

I'm a gnu!

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    I've found it's really fun to listen to Flanders & Swann while animal-spotting, and I'm wondering now why we use the name 'wildebeest' in preference to 'gnu' now. Does anyone know?


  • craigpacker by craigpacker scientist

    "Gnu" is mostly used in South Africa -- English speakers in East Africa always call them "wildebeest." Which is kind of funny since "wildebeest" is a Dutch word. "Gnu" comes from the Khoisan who are related to the Bushmen.


  • remcodekok by remcodekok

    ..and in Dutch we use Gnoe. Funny 😃


  • Robcheerio by Robcheerio

    in Lion it is pronounced 'lunch'