One of the first things you need to know about Cabri is how to say the name. It’s pronounced Kay’ bree (with the accent on the first syllable). According to folklore, the name originated from the early explorers’ pronunciation of an aboriginal word for antelope. Recent research indicates it may have been derived from the Latin name for the pronghorn (Antilocapridae). An e-mail recently received from Laval University in Quebec suggests that the Voyageurs and the French Metis thought the animal looked a bit like a goat and “cabri” is the French-Provincial word for goat. Whichever is correct, everyone will agree, ‘Cabri’ stands for the pronghorn so common to the area.
Interestingly enough, the pronghorn is not an antelope nor is it related to deer or goats. It is the only animal in its classification and it has no near relatives anywhere on earth.