Shoulder height 110 - 140 cm, weight / mass up to
The Sable Antelope is not unsimilar to a dry black horse stallion. The old
bull with his deep black colouring distinguishes clearly from that one
bright- to dark brown cows, which are also smaller in weight and mass and
have smaller horns.
adolescence bright- to dark brown, the hide increases darker up to
pitch-black in the age, especially with the old bull that adorns in addition
also a black neck mane. The part around the ears is more brownish, during
the abdominal hide and the under part of the tail are white.
Sable Antelopes love thick woodlands with scattered grass and bush stocks.
Severely they avoid open grass landscapes and steppes. While they are
strongly water-dependent, they stay mostly in their proximity.
Only in Namibia's utmost northeast (Caprivi). They are also available on
some game ranches in Namibia.
Bunch grasses and herbs as well as young leaves of trees
and shrubs. Sable Antelopes are water-dependent and scoop daily, in this
case they move away rarely far of the water hole to the grazing.
Rutting season / gestation period:
The rutting season is in the
months May - July. After approx. 8 months of gestation period one calf is
Bull and cow carry horns. A good bull has big curved black horns
with the tips clearly pointing backwards and slightly downwards. The horns
of the cow are swung weaker and the tips show mostly up and only a little to
the back. The horn length of the bull is up to 150 cm / 59 inch.
Since Sable Antelope are very dependent on water, it is
rewarding to look for them in the vicinity of waterholes. There you either
have a sighting or find fresh spoor. In the case of bachelor groups with
bulls of different ages, you should concentrate on a very black specimen,
because these are the oldest animals. In mixed groups (bull, cows and calves)
the main bulls are huntable and in the best age, nevertheless the stronger
bulls with better trophies stay mostly beside the groups. Driven into the
narrowness, Sable Antelope are extremely valiant and attack rapidly and
wildly. The confrontation with a wounding Sable Antelope is always
dangerous. Before you fire a shot, you must now the strange behaviour of the
Sable Antelope, because often the carry out abrupt movements and direction