Hartebeest

Description and Identification:


Shoulder height:        Hartebeest males             1,25

                                      Hartebeest  females        1,10


Body mass:                  Hartebeest males             150 kg

   Hartebeest females         120 kg


  •  from reddish brown to yellowish fawn
  • Saddle of darker color from shoulder broadening towards the tail base
  • Saddle is more distinctive in the males
  • Forehead is black
  • Patch of reddish brown hair across the face between and in front of the eyes and a black band down the muzzle.
  • Hartebeest shoulders – distinctive hump
  • Hartebeest horns are on top of the head
  • Horns are close together at base – rising up and back towards the end
  • Both sexes carry horns

 

Social behavior of Hartebeest :

  • Herds – 20 individuals or larger
  • Males are territorial during rut
  • Mark territories with dung
  • Defend territories against trespassers
  • Hartebeest female herds move more widely
  • Hartebeest bachelor herds – males of all sizes
  • Sometimes  solitaire bulls are found
  • Active – early morning and late afternoon
  • Hartebeest rest during midday
  • When disturbed – run off in bounding gallop, swerving from side to side . 

 

Source: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten
Source: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten