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Antelope: Sable

Unread post by gwendolen » Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:58 am

Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger)

Classification
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Hippotraginae
Genus: Hippotragus

Other names
Afrikaans: Swartwitpens
French: Hippotrague noir
German: Rappenantilope
Dutch: Sabelantilope
Portuguese: Antílope do sable

There are 4 subspecies of Sable Antelope: Zambian (Hippotragus niger kirkii), Common or Southern (Hippotragus niger niger), Eastern (Hippotragus niger roosevelti), and the Giant or Angolan (Hippotragus niger variani).

The species is mostly known by its English name, "Sable" - meaning somber or dark, it refers to the species’ beautiful dark coat.

The Sable Antelope stands 120 to 140 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh 200 to 270 kilograms, males being larger than females. Female Sable Antelope are chestnut to dark brown darkening as they mature, while males are chestnut to jet black, darkening as they age. Both sexes have a white underbelly, white cheeks and a white chin. They have a shaggy mane on the back of their neck. Sable have ringed horns which arch backward, in females these can reach a metre, but in males they can reach over one and a half metres.

Habitat
Sable inhabit dry open woodlands and medium tall grass savannas. They generally avoid dense woodlands and short grass savannas. They are diurnal but are less active during the heat of the day.

Reproduction and social life
Sable form herds of ten to thirty females and calves led by a single male. Sable Antelope males will fight among themselves; they drop to their knees and use their horns.
Single young are born any time of the year. The gestation period is about 9 months.

Conservation status
The Kirki, Common, and Northern subspecies are listed in the lower risk category. The Giant Sable Antelope is listed in the critically endangered category.
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Sable

Unread post by Animal » Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:25 pm

Has anyone had recent sable antelope sightings? Over the past few decades, I have had several such lucky encounters, and mainly in these areas:

1. On the dirt road just south of Nhlanguleni picnic spot

2. Jones' dam area between Skukuza and Tshokwane

3. Shitlhave dam near Pretoriuskop

Anyone of seen these magnificent creatures somewhere else?

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:05 am

Spoke to KNPS and he advised ok to post this pic.

Just to make you all a bit more jealous ... not only do they see great animals, but they can take brilliant pictures as well.

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PS: I put the Copyright there .. just to acknowledge the photographer ...
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Sable

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:42 pm

I went to check out Bateleur camp with a view to taking a group there and saw 10 sable including 3 calves at rooibosrand dam. First sable sighting in about 10 visits. :) :)
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Unread post by gwendolen » Sat Oct 22, 2005 3:37 pm

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Oumie's Sable.

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Unread post by Johann » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:09 pm

Sable seen near Nhlanguleni picnic site in October 2005

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Unread post by Freda » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:43 pm

H1-1 to Numbi gate on the 28th Nov 2006 :D
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:34 am

Gosh Freda, what a lovely sighting.
Those horns are magnificent.
I have only ever seen one Sable about 10 years ago close to P'kop.
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Re: Sable antelope

Unread post by Henk » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:14 pm

June 2006 between Tshokwane and Skukuza H1-2
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Unread post by AGATHA » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:17 pm

Here's some pics for W@H.

Taken at Nhlanguleni, Kruger National Park, October 2005.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:10 pm

How's this? 10 out of 10?

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Unread post by AGATHA » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:27 pm

@ RP: Thanks. At the watering hole.

This was our second sable sighting for that day! Before that day I had never seen sable in the Park and I was beginning to feel like W&H.

@ MM: I was also speechless at the time. The sable bull hearded his cows and young ones to and from the water, and he chased off some zebras that were on their way to the water.

@ BB: Great sighting! :D

W@H, see if you can spot the difference between these antelope, all of which occur in the Kruger, at least, they did in October 2005:

Slide A:
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Slide B:
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Slide C: Clue - this is not a seperate species
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