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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:49 am 
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Saw tsessebe on the Capricorn Loop - S143 - near Mopani. Several groups, but mostly near water.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:39 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:55 pm 
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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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I have seen a lone Tssessebe on the S21 near siyalu!To far for my camera!

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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Seen yesterday on the S144..about 5 standing in the shade...

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:30 pm 
This one of 3 close to Klopperfontein Dam this July.

Seems they are becoming a fixture there:

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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For me the best place to see Tsessebe was the Boyela Waterhole. Saw them there on 4 or 5 days.
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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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And here more photos:
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I made these photos at Boyela Waterhole in Dec. 08.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
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Saw these blokes at Klopperfontein Dam en route from Punda Maria to Pafuri over the weekend.

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From my recent KNP-trip - saw these near Mopani:

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Tssessebe
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:02 pm 
These near Mandadzidzi in Northern Kruger end Sept.!

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