Ever wanted to find out how to say “zebra” in Swahili, or even “leopard” in Zulu? With the following table, you’ll be able to identify the most common animals of the African bush in some of the local languages of the old continent. Language translations include Afrikaans, Nama/Damara, Ndebele, Shona, Siswati, Swahili, Tswana, Venda and Zulu.
While the table is far from complete, it should give you a good overview of Common African Animal Names.
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NB: Some of the names come from Clive Walker’s book “Signs of the Wild.” This compact field guide to the identification of Southern African mammals based on their spoor, droppings and skulls has been accepted as the standard work on the subject. This edition offers up-to-date information on identification through signs. Highly recommended!
Until next time, have a “fantabulous” day!
Michael aka Africafreak.