Size

Both sexes grow horns, but those on bulls are heavier. When viewed from the front the horns appear typical ‘halfmoon’ shaped. Bulls have a mass of about 300 pounds and measure 47 inches at the shoulders, and are slightly larger than cows which weigh approximately 260 pounds.

Name: Tsessebe
Scientific Name: Damaliscus Lunatus

Trophy Fee: $2,800

Description

This is Africa’s fastest antelope over shorter distances but it cannot sustain high speed running. This is a small frame animal about in the same class as blesbok and most rifle calibers used for hunting tsessebe will penetrate completely and exit on the other side making it possible to wound an animal not intended as the target. It has a dark face with purple blotches on the shoulders, whereas the withers and upper body are reddish-brown. They belong to the same family as the Wildebeest and the Hartebeest

Habitat

Tsessebe are primarily grazing herbivores in grasslands, open plains, and lightly wooded savannahs, but they are also found in rolling uplands. Tsessebe usually feed in the morning. The periods before and after feeding are spent resting and digesting or watering during dry seasons. To avoid encounters with territorial males or females, tsessebe usually travel along territorial borders, though it leaves them open to attacks by lions and leopards.

 

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