CAPE HARTEBEEST (Alcelaphus Cama)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 16½“ (41.91 cm)
SCI: 39 points

Average mass:
120 lb (55 kg)

Record:
20 5/8” (52.40 cm)
54 7/8 points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
Bow:
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head.

Distribution

Throughout the Republic of Southern Africa.

Identification

Distinct white blaze on the face. The belly, inner parts of the buttocks and the legs below the knee are white. Both the male and female have horns.

Differences between male and female:

The male is slightly larger than the female and its horns are thicker.

Habitat

Grass plains (preferably sweet), with sufficient drinking water and cover.

Habits

Diurnal, grazing in the early morning and late afternoon, resting in the shade when it is hot. They walk in single file between drinking and feeding places. Gregarious. There are territorial males, female herds and bachelor herds. Territories are maintained by challenging displays, threatening behaviour and marking of grass with their pre-orbital glands. Territorial males make use of common dung heaps and sometimes lie down on top of them to rest. Territorial behaviour becomes less marked and herd structures change after the mating season.

Food

Grass, especially short or in burnt areas. Drinks water regularly.

Vocalization

Snorts and growls.

Breeding

After a gestation period of approximately 8 months, a single calf is born from November to January.

Age

Approximately 11 years