Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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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 very distinctively black. Sable Antelope form herds of ten to thirty females and calves led by a single male, called a bull. Sable Antelope males will fight among themselves; they drop to their knees and use their horns. When sable antelopes are threatened by a predator, including lions, they will confront it, using their scimitar-shaped horns. Many of these big cats have died during such fights. Despite their effectiveness, the sable’s horns have contributed to the sharp decline of the animal, being a highly prized hunting trophy.
Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/350 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 125
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“Antlers, Racks, and Other Horned Animals”
“African Beauty”
“Wildlife of Southern Africa”

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  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Perfect image!! I love it!!!

  • Thanks a lot Vitta!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...over 4 years ago

    Super image, lovely detail

  • Thank you very much Neil!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Wow, nice shot Kon!

  • Thanks a lot mate, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Another outstanding capture!

  • Many thanks Magaret, I understand it is quite difficult to see these magnificent antelopes in the wild…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Your work is just fabulous – another winner here.

  • Many thanks for your comment BigCatPhotos, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Alexa Pereira
    Alexa Pereiraover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image of this endangered species superb detail and colours

  • Thank you very much Alexa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    August 12, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    14 August 2010

  • It’s my pleasure Trish!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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