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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 at 400 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 125
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  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Sandra, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Konstantinos, he certainly is handsome.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thanks a lot Jude!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    2 Images per day 2012/03/11

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    1 Image per 24hrs 2012/03/11

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    1 Image per 24hrs 2012/03/11

  • Thank you Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 2 years ago

    Truly handsome!

  • Many thanks for the feature Robert!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazorover 2 years ago


    Beautiful!
    Your hosts – E.R. and Linda J. Bazor and Patty Boyte (Mar 11, 2012)

  • Thank you very much for the feature Linda!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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