East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easterlyregion of the Africancontinent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. In the UN scheme of geographic regions, 20 territories constitute Eastern Africa:
Due to colonial territories of the British East Africa Protectorate and German East Africa, the term East Africa is often (especially in the English language ) used to specifically refer to the area now comprising the three countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. However, this has never been the convention in many other languages, where the term generally had a wider, strictly geographic context and therefore typically included Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.
The wildebeest (pron.: /ˈwɪldəˌbiːst/WIL-də-BEEST or /ˈvɪl-/VIL- , plural wildebeest or wildebeests, wildebeesties (juv)), also called the gnu (pron.: /ˈnuː/NOO or /ˈnjuː/NEW ) is an antelope of the genusConnochaetes. It is a hooved (ungulate) mammal. Wildebeest is Dutch for "wild beast" or "wild cattle" in Afrikaans (beest = cattle), while Connochaetes derives from the Greek words κόννος, kónnos, "beard", and χαίτη, khaítē, "flowing hair", "mane". The name "gnu" originates from the Khoikhoi name for these animals, gnou.