Topi also called tsessebe or sassaby, are one of Africa’s most common and most widespread antelopes. It is a member of the tribe Alcelaphini (family Bovidae), which also includes the hartebeest and wildebeest. Damaliscus lunatus is known as the Topi in East Africa. Females are about 20 percent smaller, but otherwise are similar to males, which average is 115 cm high and 130 kg, with horns 30–40 cm long.
The Topi has a long, but patchy distribution, as it prefers certain grasslands in arid and savanna biomes. Human hunting and habitat destruction have further isolated their population. The following countries have been found to contain Topi. These are Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The species is regionally extinct in Burundi.
Topis in Uganda are mostly spotted in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National park– Ishasha sector.
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