Tsessebes are not as gregarious as the haartebeests and generally move in small parties of 8 to 10 individuals, which may join up to form herds of up to 200 animals in the dry season. The mature male is highly territorial and marks his central stamping ground with dung and with scent, by rubbing his face and neck on bushes, grass stems and the ground. He watches over his territory and his harem and defends them from rivals and predators.



Tsessebe are generally found in small herds in medium-length grass. Their favourite food is fresh, green grass stalks, which is why they’re often found in recently burnt areas where new grass is springing up. They also enjoy other areas with green grass, beside lakes, within wetlands and along floodplains beside meandering rivers.


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