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Damaliscus lunatus


Often confused with red hartebeest. Tsessebe have dark reddish-brown underparts with a distinct purplish sheen. Bulls are darker than cows. Head, lower shoulder and upper parts of legs are darker in colour than the rest of the body. Lower part of legs are brownish-yellow with pale-fawn tail base and inner thighs. Black tassel at end of tail. Both have horns. An easy way to distinguish between red hartebeest and Tsessebe are 1) in the shape of the horns, 2) Red hartebeest have black marking on the legs whereas Tsessebe lack these and the Red hartebeest has a much longer face and is more golden brown in colour.


This is the fastest antelope in Africa and can run at a speed of ~95 km/h. This one's colour is difficult to make out because it is caked in red mud!

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Siyancuma Local Municipality, Northern Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 26, 2014
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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