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Latin name

 

Damaliscus lunatus

Family

 

Large mammals

Size

 

1,2 m Both sexes carry horns

Weight

 

140 kg (m) 126 kg (f)

Colour

 

Rufous to dark brown, with purplish sheen. Upperparts of legs darker. Inside hindlegs and the underside yellowish white.

Appearance

 

The red hartebeest, but the tsessebe's horns are shorter and its shoulders are not as humped as the hartebeest's. The tsessebe also lacks the clearly defined white marking so evident on the hartebeest's rump.

Habitat

 

Grassland near water and the fringes of woodland.