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Antelope: Tssessebe

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Wed May 27, 2009 8:49 am Unread post
Just returned from KNP.

Saw tsessebe on the Capricorn Loop - S143 - near Mopani. Several groups, but mostly near water.
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Wed May 27, 2009 3:39 pm Unread post
Thanks for that Bishop. What confused me was the fact that the last 2 pictures were taken of animals in the same herd. Is it not unusual for Hartebeest and Tsessebe to go round together. Is there any interbreeding?
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Here is another picture of 2 from the large group on the Capricorn loop.
They look like Tsessebe except for the light patches on the rear. Are they young Tsessebe who haven't quite reached maturity yet?
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Wed May 27, 2009 6:55 pm Unread post
Hey, bondm!

Good question!

Those are normal tsessebe, I think!

If you look earlier on the thread, or the Liechtenstein's thread, there is a pic I took of a Liechtenstein's chasing a tsessebe for obvious reasons.

It is a very rare occurence for such seperate species to manage to breed, despite a lot of trying!

Should it happen, I think most calves would be stillborn and deformed.

However, there is the famous example of a roan bull successfully impregnating a sable in the Satara area about 20 years ago. The calf managed fine, and showed aspects of both parents...and was certainly thought to be infertile!


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Wed May 27, 2009 10:11 pm Unread post
Bondm, as RP says, those are tsesseb as well.

The easiest, apart from the colours, is to look at the horns. Look at your original photos 1 and 2, where you have the horns from the side. The tsesseb has "straight" horns, while those of the hartebeest is L-shaped.

Interbreeding? May occur, but typically highly unlikely.


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Wed May 27, 2009 10:18 pm Unread post
I have seen a lone Tssessebe on the S21 near siyalu!To far for my camera!


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Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:13 am Unread post
Seen yesterday on the S144..about 5 standing in the shade...

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Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:59 pm Unread post
Thanks for the info about the horns, Bishop. All I need to remember is which is which - tsessebe has the straight horns or is it hartebeest....mmmm.
S for straight and there are a lot of s's's in tsessebe.Got it. thanks again. Bond UK


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Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:30 pm Unread post
This one of 3 close to Klopperfontein Dam this July.

Seems they are becoming a fixture there:

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Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:36 pm Unread post
For me the best place to see Tsessebe was the Boyela Waterhole. Saw them there on 4 or 5 days.
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Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:40 pm Unread post
And here more photos:
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I made these photos at Boyela Waterhole in Dec. 08.


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Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:06 pm Unread post
Seen crossing the road just south of the Giriyondo road (about 20km north of Letaba) on 31st August. There were 3 of them

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Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:53 pm Unread post
You can distinguish tsessebe from hartebeest by looking at they horns. Those of the tsessebe point inwards, those of the hartebeest point outwards.


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Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:10 pm Unread post
Saw these blokes at Klopperfontein Dam en route from Punda Maria to Pafuri over the weekend.

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Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:16 pm Unread post
From my recent KNP-trip - saw these near Mopani:

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Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:02 pm Unread post
These near Mandadzidzi in Northern Kruger end Sept.!

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