Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Sable Antelope in Game Haven, Malawi

Believe it or not, I am still posting from my second day in Malawi when I  visited the Game Haven Park just outside Blantyre.  This is the second of the antelope I saw.  The sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) is an antelope which inhabits wooded Savannah in East Africa south of Kenya, and in Southern Africa.



The sable antelope is sexually dimorphic, with the male heavier and about one-fifth taller than the female.  The head-and-body length is typically between 75–100 ins.  Males reach about 46–55 in at the shoulder, while females are slightly shorter.  The tail is 16–30 in long, with a tuft at the end.



Female above




The sable antelope has a compact and robust build, characterised by a thick neck and tough skin.   It has a well-developed and often upright mane on its neck as well as a short mane on the throat.  Their general colouration is rich chestnut to black. Females and juveniles are chestnut to dark brown, while males begin darkening and turn black after three years.  However, in southern populations, females have a brown to black coat. Calves below two months are a light tan and show faint markings.  


The underparts, cheek, and chin are all white, creating a great contrast with the dark back and flanks.  Long, white hairs are present below the eyes, and a wide, black stripe runs over the nose.




Both sexes have ringed horns which arch backward. In females, these can reach 24–40 in, while in males they are 32–65 in long.  The average lifespan of the sable antelope is 16 years in wild and 19 years in captivity.  



I have a a short video which you can access at

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24 comments:

  1. Cool looking Antelope. The ringed horns are neat.. Great shots, Margaret!

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  2. Beautiful animals. I like the ringed horns.

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  3. Wow....I love the color pattern on its hide.

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  4. What a magnificent creature. I really liked the close ups of the heads and horns.

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  5. A really amazing creature that you have captured perfectly.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. beautiful animals. their horns remind me of rebar.

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  7. These are gorgeous animals! Wonderful photos!

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  8. Looks like they were posing for you so you could get every angle. :)

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  9. Hi Margaret, Love seeing the Antelope ---both males and females.. When was was in Wyoming --we saw something similar, which they called Pronghorns. Wonder what the difference is????

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Thats what i call horns, great pics.

    peter

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  11. What a great face! That first shot is amazing! All your photos are wonderful. What great-looking animals!

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  12. It's a a very handsome animal Margaret.Looks like they let you get fairly close for those lovely pictures.

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  13. This is such a handsome looking animal Margaret and I enjoyed reading all about them too. Thank you so much!

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  14. What a beautiful animal - very powerful looking!

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  15. Brilliant photos you have there, they are superb.

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  16. Beautiful animals. I rather like the color of the female more then the male. Love the stripe down their faces.

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  17. Handsome and distinctive creatures. Very informative!

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  18. He has very beautiful horns! Wonder if his fur is as soft as a sable?

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  19. They are nice looking animals, thanks on the info about them.

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  20. Those eyes are to die for, gorgeous shots!

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