Damaliscus – Tsessebes

Medium-sized African antelope species with unusual body shapes

These animals inhabit grasslands and savannahs with plenty of grass species (a rich water source) to fulfill their dietary requirements. This ecological adaptation helps them to survive in warmer regions without drinking water for days. The muzzles in bontebok and tsessebe/topi are elongated and colored either black or white.

Like any other antelope species, they are adorned with beautiful curved and ringed horns. Despite many similarities, the species in this genus are easy to identify due to their unique physical appearances. Males are usually highly aggressive and territorial. The individuals involved in violent fights use their horns as weapons. It is common to misidentify these species as cow or ox without proper knowledge.