hunters were amazed at the naivety and inquisitiveness of
tsessebe, which were so overcome by curiosity during a hunt
that they stood and stared, while other members of the herd
were shot down around them.
When threatened, tsessebe often do no more than canter away
to an open vantage point, where they will stop and coolly
survey their surroundings before, finally, breaking into
their characteristic easy gallop. They are territorial,
and the dominant male will often keep a look-out for rival
males from a high vantage point, such as a termite mound.
Tsessebe are gregarious grazers, sharing their pastures
Both males and females mark their territory, using a secretion
from glands below their eyes. Unlike the blesbok, tsessebe
harems remain permanently associated with their territorial
male. A single calf is born, usually during spring or early
summer, and calves develop so fast that within a day or
two of birth they are strong enough to join the herd. Here
they tend to form nursery groups of their own which are
supervised by one or more cows.