Photo ©Sanet van Zijl
The swiftest of the African antelope
T sessebe favour grassland, open woodland and scrub country. Tsessebe are commonly seen in family parties with a territorial bull and his harem and their young. Larger herds can also be seen at times, often mixing with groups of zebra and wildebeest.
Tsessebe are reputed to be the swiftest of the African antelope. A lean athletic body slopes from the high shoulders to the somewhat lower buttocks. The body is a rich plum-brown but there are blackish- brown patches on the face, shoulders and lower rump. Short rippled horns, which curve outwards from the head are a feature of both sexes.
|Weight:||Males: 300 lb | Females: 280 lb|
|Rutting season:||September – November|
|Life expectancy:||15 years|
|Gestation:||8 months, one calf|