Hartebeest stand about 125 cm / 49 inch at the
shoulder and have a mass of about 160 - 180 kg / 350 - 400 lb.. They have an
elongated head with a high pedicle on the forehead. The horns are heavily
ridged, seen from a front view, they rise in a V-shape, curving forward and
outward, then inward and backward in a sharp wing.
Generally, light reddish to yellowish-brown. The
forehead is black with a black band on top of the muzzle. Lighter,
yellowish-brown strips join the eyes. A characteristic feature is the well
defined off-white patch on the hindquarters, contrasting markedly with the
darker upper parts and limbs.
Predominantly grassland and savanna.
In the Windhoek and Okahandja area and east thereof.
January – February.
August – September.
sexes carry similar horns, cows being smaller in size with lighter horns.
Length of horns up to 65 cm / 26 inch.
Hartebeest are gregarious, occurring in herds of about 10 -
30 of both sexes. Old bulls are often solitary. The drink regularly, if
possible, but they are not dependent on water. When disturbed they vocalise
a sneeze or a sneezing sound.