Photographer's Note

Wildebeests of Masai Mara

The name wildebeest finds its origin in the Dutch and Afrikaans words wild beest which means "wild animal/beast". Although the name is derived from the Dutch language, the name wildebeest doesn't officially exist in the Dutch language. The Dutch name for wildebeest is gnoe (where the Dutch "g" is pronounced [x]) (as in: Loch).

Afrikaanders (Afrikaans speaking South-Africans) have probably started using the phrase "Wildebeest" for the animal as they did not know any name for the animal when they first encountered it.

'Gnu' is from a Khoikhoi language (which pronounced the [g]), which likely imitated it from the grunt-type noise that a wildebeest makes.

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