Now You Tsessebe - Now You Dont!
The Tsessebe, also known as the Topi, is a type of antelope native to the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa. They are known for their glossy black coat and white markings on their face, throat, and belly, as well as their incredible speed, reaching up to 60 mph to evade predators such as lions, hyenas, and leopards.
As herbivores, Tsessebe primarily feed on grasses and other plants, and have a digestive system that allows them to extract nutrients from low-quality forage, making them well adapted to living in arid environments.
Tsessebe are social animals, living in herds of up to 50 individuals led by a dominant male. They are known for their distinctive courtship behavior, with males engaging in elaborate displays to attract females including dancing, prancing, and vocalizations.
So next time you're in the grasslands of Africa, keep an eye out for the majestic Tsessebe! Want to see the tsessebe skull? Click here.