The common Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus) is a one of the 5 species of the sub family Alcelaphinae in the family Bovidae. They are very large in size. The females are smaller with smaller horns as well. Male’s horns play an important part in sparring and defense. They are both a dark brown colour, male and female, and they have white underbellies. In the wild, they can live up to 15 years but this has been decreased drastically due to over hunting. They are very social and prefer to live in big herds.




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• Tsessebe can run at a maximum of 80kph.
• The name comes from the Tswana name for the species: ‘tshesebe’.
• They are very territorial.
• Their gestation period is 8 to 9 months


Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 40 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.


They prefer grasslands, savannahs and open woodlands. They usually feed in the morning and later again that afternoon and rest during the periods they don’t eat. They travel up to 5 km to find a source of water. They feed on grasses, as they are mostly grazers, but eat fruit, stems, roots and twigs too.

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Professional Tsessebe Taxidermy in South Africa

The Tsessebe is a singular African antelope which is often found on open plains, and is distinct for its darker colouring and unusual sloping gait. Successful Tsessebe hunts require skilful stalking tactics, a memorable experience which is best preserved with artfully rendered taxidermy of your trophy.

What is Tsessebe taxidermy?

Tsessebe taxidermy refers to the practice of preparing and conserving the animals body (usually by mounting) for the sake of study or display.

While traditional skin mounts drape an animal’s skin over a manekin reproductions use materials like fiberglass and plastic to faithfully recreate the animal’s form.

Preparation & Packaging tips for a flawless Tsessebe trophy

Plains antelope such as the Tsessebe and its subspecies the topi, korrigum, and tiang resemble smaller, darker hartebeest. The blesbok and the bontebok are also in their family tree.

Tsessebes tend to congregate in pretty open locations, so you can easily walk and stalk them in certain settings. Like their cousins the hartebeest, they are very quick runners, but their insatiable curiosity often causes them to pause and look back, giving you a shooting opportunity.

It’s crucial to give your taxidermist the best possible specimen when you want them to mount an animal you’ve killed on a hunt. If you intend to take the animal to a taxidermist, take great care in handling it so as not to ruin its hair, and remove any visible signs of blood.

After the kill, you can skin the Tsessebe yourself if you know how to, or have your taxidermist do it. It’s a good idea to get in touch with the taxidermist as soon as possible, so keep their number handy.

It will be easier for the taxidermist to skin the Tsessebe’s carcass if you can get your specimen to them as soon as possible. If you are unable to visit the taxidermist immediately the carcass stays on the farm and the meat is sold or used to make biltong seeing that the carcass is too large to freeze.

Keep the Tsessebe as clean and dry as possible before and during shipping, and have a concept of the type of taxidermy mount you want before taking it in.

One should never drag or transfer the Tsessebe by the face, horns, neck, or feet to prevent further injury. You’ll ruin your trophy’s duplicate at the taxidermist if you accidentally rip the carcass. If you really care about your trophy, you should take extra care to safeguard it.

The taxidermist risks running out of bone if the skull is damaged in any way to remove or preserve the horns. The taxidermy studio will perform any necessary trimming.

The Tsessebe taxidermist’s process and method

Careful preparation is essential for producing a high-quality Tsessebe mount. Only the best chemicals and processes are utilized for tanning and oiling the skin. This ensures that the skins will last for a long time.

Your preferred Tsessebe form will be selected when your dimensions are taken into account, and the posture of your form will be adjusted at no additional cost. Full-mount trophies are made specifically for the Tsessebe mount and have bases that look like the animal’s natural habitat.

Life-Form’s process gives your beloved Tsessebe trophy a whole new meaning by using only the best materials and drawing on over 40 years of knowledge in the field.

When repairs are required, every effort is made to stitch cuts and scrapes while minimizing bullet damage. Existing scars are left alone unless the customer requests that they be removed.

The first step is shaving, or the “fleshing” phase. The next step is hiding any scars or other skin flaws.

Skulls are cleaned, moulds are made, and manikins are produced based on what the customer requirements for how their Tsessebe mount should be presented.

Following these careful and meticulous steps, taxidermy becomes a living art form, full of fascinating detail. Once strict quality checks have been done, the packing process can begin. Each container is built to the highest standards of efficiency.

Taking care of your Tsessebe trophy

The following care instructions will help you keep your Tsessebe mounts looking as good as the day they were created.

  • Placing a Tsessebe trophy in direct sunlight is a sure-fire method to have it deteriorate quickly in your home. UV rays are short-wavelength, high-energy light waves with a terrible reputation for deteriorating the appearance of art and furnishings when exposed to them over time.
  • If you want to attract people’s eyes to your collection, don’t use sunshine but rather display lighting.
  • Basements that have been finished and are habitable may be suitable for animal mounts, but only if you keep a close eye on them. In a nutshell, all Tsessebe mounts need to be kept dry if they are to continue looking lifelike and convincing enough to be shown.
  • Keep your precious trophies away from active fires and other sources of dry heat.
  • Even if you wrap them up well, you shouldn’t keep animal mounts in an area where insects might live.
  • Be sure to ask your taxidermist to insect-proof your mount.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Tsessebe taxidermy cost?

An individual quote can be requested through the website.

How long does Tsessebe taxidermy take?

The normal time for producing a Tsessebe mount spans from eight to 12 from receipt of deposit and mounting instructions. A professionally crafted Tsessebe taxidermy trophy will last a lifetime and look as good as the day it was created due to the laborious, multistep process involved in its creation.

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