GAME CAPTURE – LICHTENSTEIN’S HARTEBEEST

Demographic Capture dosages Tranquillisation dosages
Adult Bulls 4-5mg of M9950 mg of Azaperone

18-20 mg of Haloperidol + 100 mg of Trilafon l

Adult cows 3-4mg of M9950 mg of Azaperone 15 mg of Haloperidol+80 mg of Trilafon

Characteristics

Body weight: Bulls 170 kg and cows 165 kg.

Social behaviour: Breeding groups are small, consisting of up to ten animals, and are joined by a territorial bull.

Habitat:    Open savannah woodland adjoining marshy areas and floodplains.

Mating season:  November–January.

Calving season:  September

General Remarks Relating to Capture

 Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are similar in behaviour to the red hartebeest, being slightly larger and having the characteristic hartebeest horns set lower on the head.

Their skin colour is much lighter compared with the dark red of the red hartebeest.Lichtenstein’s hartebeest occur more towards the north of Central Africa, while red hartebeest are found in southern Africa.

Much of what has been said regarding the capture of tsessebe applies to hartebeest, except that they may be loaded directly into mass crates. Here they are quickly separated and tranquillised before they can begin horning each other.

Hartebeest respond well to tranquillisation at the same level as tsessebe. They may be penned together, but only while covered by the tranquilliser Trilafon. This will require repeating if the boma period extends over seven days.

The author’s choice of capture method is the net boma, although these animals are larger than tsessebe and require experienced staff to handle them. The procedure is the same as for all the larger animals caught in a net boma.In respect to darting, hartebeest are difficult to approach, thus requiring an accurate long-range delivery system such as Pneu-dart®. As they are valuable animals, consideration should be given to darting them from a helicopter.