Sable Antelope

Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:07 pm

Sable Antelope
Hippotragus niger
Swartwitpens

Height -1,35m
Weight – 235kg.
Both sexes carry the same curved horns.

Males upper body parts are dark brown to black with a satinlike sheen, while the underbelly and back of thighs are white. Also have white markings on the face. Dark mane extends from the top of the neck to the shoulders.

Females are slightly lighter in colour, ranging from light brown to a dark brown with the white underbelly and white markings on the face.
Strikingly coloured and with powerful scimitarlike horns, the sable is undoubtedly lord of the antelope. Aloof from other species, fearful even to some predators, its approach will encourage other antelope to retire meekly, even spotted hyenas, wild dogs, cheetahs and leopard are very reluctant to challenge this courageous, pugnacious and dangerous fighter. Even lions have been known to come off second best – gored to death by those sharp, deadly horns. They dominate at a waterhole. Seen here at the Ngwenyeni Waterhole on the S36 - the zebra had to wait till the sable were done

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You will often see sable in herds of up to 30.

Seen at Chobe (Botswana)
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And at Mahango Game Park (Namibia)
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Adult bulls establish their own territory and during mating season will defend it, although major injuries are rare. Young males know better than to tangle with their elders, and split up into separate bachelor groups until they are old, wise and strong enough to make a successful challenge against a territorial bull.
A breeding herd is led by the territorial bull but a dominant cow will take the initiative to lead the herd to new pastures and water.

In our experience the best road in Kruger for sables is the S36 and the best park in South Africa for sables is probably Mokala.

Distribution: Kruger, Zimbabwe, Northern Botswana, Caprivi, Zambia, Malawai, Mozambique, Southern Angola, North Eastern Tanzania, South East Kenya.

Habitat: Prefer open, fairly dry savannah of mixed bush and grassland.

Diet: Mainly grass but also leaves and fruit occasionally

A single calf is born and the gestation period is about 270 days.

References:
1. Fourie. P.F. Kruger National Park. Questions and Answers
2. Gilliomee J, Geertsema H et al. Animals of the Kruger Park

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:25 pm

super nice choice ^Q^
like they don't run the roads... a bit less work to search, dowload/upoad -O

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:42 pm

Nhalanguleni S 36 road is indeed a Sable hotspot O:V

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Estimated number of Sable in Kruger National Park: 290 (year of last estimate: 2009).

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:09 am

Nice choice Duke! \O Pity I don't have too many pics. O** Will just have to enjoy everyone elses! ;-)

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:56 am

Duke will be in Chobe next year, so I will have a chance to get a lot of shots ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

Great photo's all \O \O ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

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Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:19 pm

Waiting for the photos nan and Flutterby 0()

Toko ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^ for Nhalanguleni S 36 Sables

Great PRWIN - bring back super sable shots \O Love the photo of the 3 sables - where was it taken?

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:23 pm

Jones' Dam:

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Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:14 pm

A beautiful animal ^Q^ ^Q^

I do not think I have seen one as a grown up where I could taks pics. :o0ps: :o0ps:

Lovely choice and I will enjoy all your pics. \O

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:21 pm

Duke wrote:
Great PRWIN - bring back super sable shots \O Love the photo of the 3 sables - where was it taken?


Duke taken at Mokala :-)

Re: Sable Antelope - Animal of the Month: October 2013

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:25 pm

Thanks PRWIN \O < you have an excellent chance of seeing sable in Mokala :-)

And in the Jones Dam area RP \O

Amoli - Hope you get to see one to take a picture