DISTRIBUTION: South Africa - Private land only.
HABITAT: Grass plains with sufficient water. White Blesbuck prefers sweet grassveld but will survive sufficiently on sour areas. Occurs throughout South Africa.
HABITS: Grazer. Diurnal, grazing in the early morning and late afternoons, resting in the hottest part of the day. Walk in single file between drinking and feeding places. Gregarious; with territorial males, female herds and bachelor herds. Territories are maintained by challenging displays, threatening behavior and marking of grass with the pre-orbital glands. Territorial males make use of common dung heaps and at times lie on top of them to rest. White Blesuck's territorial behavior becomes less marked and herd structures change after mating season.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The White Blesbuck displays a color mutation of its cousin the Common Blesbuck and is a breed but not a recognized subspecies. Although the white gene has proved to be the recessive gene, great numbers of White Blesbuck have been built throughout South Africa, with the correct management structures being put in place. They are a collector's trophy to complete the trio of the three, with the Common Blesbuck and the Bontebuck. When judging the trophy quality of White Blesbuck it's important to look at the width of the boss and the overall length. Mature rams will standout in herds with their shoulder height and chest width being much more prominent than that of the females and young rams.
- Ave Age of Mature Rams: +/- 5 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature Rams: +/- 140 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License