TSESSEBE (Damaliscus lunatus)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 15” (38.10 cm)
SCI: 40 points

Track:
3 ½” (89 mm) x 2 3/8” (61 mm)

Average mass:
330 lb (150 kg)

Average shoulder height:
47” (120 cm)

Record:
18½” (46.99 cm)
58 ¾ points

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

Distribution

Tsessebe are found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, the Republic of South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Identification

Dark, reddish-brown with a metallic sheen. The blaze on the face, buttocks, shoulder and upper legs are black. Both the male and female have horns.

Differences between male and female:

The male is heavier than the female, while the horns are thicker.

Habitat

Tsessebe prefer open areas on the edge of grass plains with woodland. Medium to tall tasty grass. Shade and water are important requirements. Makes temporary use of areas containing only seasonal water.

Habits

The Tsessebe is the fastest antelope in the region. Gregarious. Form herds of 2 – 30 while larger herds are also known. There are territorial males, breeding herds and bachelor herds. A territorial male regularly patrols its borders marking them with droppings and maneuvering the grass stems into its pre-orbital glands. Enjoys horning the ground.

During mating season, gathers a harem in his area, taking over the leadership and expelling the young males from the herd.

Food

Grass. Regular water supplies are important.

Vocalization

Snorts

Breeding

After a gestation period of approximately 8 months, a single calf is born from September.

Age

The lifespan for the Tsessebe is approximately 15 years.