SIZE: Shoulder height (m) 1,3 m, (f) 1,2 m; mass (m) 180 kg, (f) 170 kg. Both sexes have curved, S-shaped horns.
COLOUR: Yellowish-brown, with off-white rump and lighter flanks. Chin, front of lower legs and tail tuft are black.GESTATION PERIOD: 8 months
MOST LIKE: The Red Hartebeest, but more yellowish overall and with rump less prominently white. Also usually lacking the red hartebeest’s dark blaze on the face.
HABITAT: Open savanna woodland close to water, and associated flood plain grassland.
Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest is named after the famous naturalist and traveller, W.H.C. Lichenstein, who travelled in southern Africa between 1803 and 1806. They are similar to the red hartebeest, but are yellowish-tawny in colour, with an indistinct saddle of rufous coloured hair on the upper parts of the body, which extends from the shoulders to the base of the tail. Some individuals have a dark patch on the forehead and an indistinct dark band on top of the muzzle.
Lichtenstein’s hartebeest have a habit of rubbing the sides of their faces on their flanks, which leaves a dark patch behind their shoulders. They have humped shoulders which give them a sloping appearance, similar to that of the red hartebeest.
WILDLIFE PARKS AND RESERVES WHERE THIS SPECIES IS FOUND:
• Kruger National Park
• Mana Pools
• Lechwe Plains
• Lower Zambezi
• South Luangwa