GAME CAPTURE – RED HARTEBEEST

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

18-20 mg of Haloperidol + 100 mg of Trilafon

Adult cows 3-4mg of M9950 mg of Azaperone

15 mg of Haloperidol +80 mg of Trilafon

Characteristics

Body weight: 160 kg.

Social behaviour: Breeding groups are small and consist of 8–10 animals that will be joined by a territorial bull.

Habitat:    Open savannah woodland adjoining marshy areas, grassland and semi-desert, as long as open water is available.

Mating season:  November–January.

Calving season:  September–October.

General Remarks Relating to Capture

Red hartebeest are not easily approached close enough in the wild to dart from the ground.

Darting is probably more cost-effective from the air, using the same dosage rates as for Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.

The choice of capture method is the net boma system, as it is easier to site in open scrub.

There must, however, be suitably qualified staff to handle the animals.

Operating with a plastic boma, the animals must be tranquillised as quickly as possible. It is imperative to ensure that there are adequate staff in the net boma to overpower the animals swiftly.

The boma should also be adequately designed to prevent animals from piling into one another, resulting in broken limbs and most of them escaping.Like gemsbok, they will horn each other when confined under stress conditions.

They are best caught in a net boma where they can be tranquillised with Haloperidol and Trilafon and calmed before loading.Hartebeest horns are difficult to pipe, although the animals may be tranquillised quickly in a crate while confused.

No more than 15 should be caught at any one time. Thin strips of inner tube rubber would be a better option.Care must be taken when moving red hartebeest and gemsbok from one country where they are accustomed to the tick-borne diseases and have some degree of immunity, to another country.