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Sable Antelope

Sable Antelope
Male Sable Antelope (Bull)
Photographer: Paul Maritz

Sable Antelope Range Map (Africa)
Sable Antelope Range Map (Africa)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Hippotragus niger
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Black or Dark Brown
Length 1.9 - 2.5 m (6.2 - 8.2 ft)
Tail 37 - 76 cm (14.5 - 30 inches)
Weight 150 - 270 kgs (330 - 595 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 18 Yrs


There are four Subspecies of the Sable Antelope:

Zambian Sable Antelope
Hippotragus niger kirkii
This subspecies can be found in central Angola and western Zambia and they are classified as vulnerable.

Hippotragus niger niger
This subspecies is classified as low risk.

Hippotragus niger roosevelti
This subspecies is found in Kenya and Tanzania.

Giant Sable Antelope
Hippotragus niger variani
This subspecies can be found in central Angola and it is critically endangered.

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