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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:37 pm

A herd of 20-30 on the S-36 around Ngwenyeni Dam, 18 December 2009!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Tom124 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:23 pm

:big_eyes: Sable are genuinely beautiful antelope, a great sighting! Perhaps an early Christmas present Richprins? :P
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Sawubona » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:58 am

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Seen on 02/01/2010.

Also on the S36 - about 6-7 together.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:13 am

my contribution :dance:
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a first for me
also saw in the vicinity (H1-2 loop's N'watindlopfu. near the little bridge)
another pictures... soon in my TR :D
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:00 am

Welcome to the Sable-club Anne-Marie!
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richman » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:14 am

There is a herd of 19 Sable ( beautiful big bull included ) who have a large home range . They are seen on the S36 between Muzandzeni picnic spot and S145 , They have been seen drinking at mondzweni waterhole as well as on the S125 at ngwenyeni waterhole. Regulary seen on the Mluwati concession (Hamiltons, Imbali , Hoyo Hoyo lodges)

There is also a lone bull , displaced from the above group that can also be seen in the same area.

There is another group (+- 6) that is seen once in a while at Lugmag Dam or Nhlanguleni picnic spot , but I don't know much about there home range.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:44 am

:clap: Aat, nice pictures,
also on the S36, in the loop, near the small water holes :dance:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:09 pm

Brilliant pics!

Interesting, Aat, the waterhole obviously utilised still in November...
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Re: OWN's Big-25 mammals

Unread postby joekin » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:37 am

OWN i also love sables, only seen them once on my last 6 trips.

august 08

we saw 3 sets of them

these 3 below at nhlanguleni picnic spot

then a herd of about 12 on the s36 just past lugmag

and another 12-15 near pkop
+-26 sable in 1 day :huh:
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richprins » Fri May 07, 2010 6:01 pm

I don't know if we're allowed to transplant pics from the forum gallery, but here's a new one from:

Geoff and Ann Ansell Western Australia

Taken North of Mopani in Kruger.

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My points are as follows:

Looking at sightings over the last few years the Far Northern Sable have become the rarest large antelope to spot there, surpassing even roan, eland and Liechtenstein's! :shock:

Also, if you look at the pic, there seems to be a marked difference in colouration compared to the lighter brown southern sable, with the pregnant cow in the front being very dark in colour, and ditto for the youngster in the foreground! :big_eyes:

Methinks this deserves some investigation!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri May 07, 2010 6:38 pm

:hmz: maybe much more sun :whistle:
you are right they seem to be darker
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed May 12, 2010 4:11 pm

Relatively recently, RJ, it used to be easier - there were over 2000 sable in Kruger. However, numbers are down to a quarter of that now, a major factor being that lion attacks on sable have increased. This, in turn, appears to be as a result of certain waterholes being allowed to dry up, resulting in other grazers leaving an area, while sable stay as grass gets longer and they love the top parts of the grass. There is now less protection for the sable as the other prey has left.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 12, 2010 4:50 pm

Thanks OWN, I had heard the same thing before, very interesting. A lot of the man mae water holes in the north have now been taken away.....
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richprins » Wed May 12, 2010 6:44 pm

onewithnature wrote:Interesting info, RP. :thumbs_up: By Far Northern Sable, do you refer to those north of Mopani?


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Regarding the waterhole question, that is actually slightly jumbled...

The waterholes were closed to protect the rarer and less water-dependent antelope, as chiefly zebra were colonising artificial waterpoints, and attracting lions, who had a royal time killing the rare antelope unused to regular predator activity.

That was the theory, and seems to have worked, as far-Northern rare species definitely seem to be on the up!? :tongue:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:43 am

That is great news, RP; maybe sable and roan will reach the heights of 15 years ago in a decade!
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