Topi

This prestigious, highly social, antelope species of Africa could run up to 80 km/h (50 mph)

Assaf Levy

These medium-sized antelopes with ringed and S-shaped horns would surely catch your eye. Grassy habitat is their favorite place to chill as there’s plenty of food, but they don’t like too young or mature grass. A diet rich in water helps them to survive harsh climates with little or no water supply for days.

Calves are born either as ‘followers’ or ‘hiders’ depending upon situations and the mother’s personality. For instance, mothers from small herds hide at the time of birth in a place with enough cover to raise a ‘hider.’ While in large groups, the mother stays in the pack, and the calf (follower) is protected and kept safe by other topis.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2016
Benin
2016
Botswana
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
0
Official estimate
EX
2016
Extinct 2011
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Eswatini
2016
Reintroduced
Ethiopia
2016
Gambia
0
Official estimate
EX
2016
Extinct 2015
Ghana
2016
Kenya
2016
Mali
0
Official estimate
EX
2016
Extinct 2015
Mauritania
0
Official estimate
EX
2016
Extinct 2015
Mozambique
0
Official estimate
EX
2016
Extinct locally
Namibia
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Possibly Extinct
Rwanda
2016
Senegal
0
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
Somalia
2016
Presence Uncertain
South Africa
2016
South Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Presence Uncertain
Uganda
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No