Sable Antelope

Sable antelopes live in groups. There is a hierarchical order within each of these groups. The strongest adult male is "the boss" and decides where the herd will look for water and food. In the dry season, sable antelopes can be found on the grasslands. In the rainy season, they move into the woods.


If the sable antelope fight with each other, they put their chin on their chest. This makes their horns stick out. The rivals drop to their knees on their front legs. They try to wrestle their opponent to the ground using their horns, but rarely wound them.

Bottoms in, Heads out

Whenever sable antelopes are resting or chewing the cud, they lie close together with the bottoms towards each other. This means that they are all facing in different directions. Which means every animal can see a different part of the area. So the sable antelope can quickly spot danger.

Sable Antelope

Hippotragus niger niger

  • Habitat: South-east Africa
  • Food: Grass and leaves
  • Age: Lives to around 15 years old
  • Weight: Up to 240 kg
  • Young: Has 1 calf after a gestation period of 9 months.
  • Where can I see them?: On the walking safari, car safari and bus safari