The sable antelope
) is an antelope
which inhabits wooded savanna
and southern Africa
, from the south of Kenya to South Africa, with a separate population in Angola. The species is sexually dimorphic
, with the male heavier and about one-fifth taller than the female. It has a compact and robust build, characterized by a thick neck and tough skin, and both sexes have ringed horns which arch backward. The sable antelope has four subspecies.
This picture shows an adult male common sable antelope (H. n. niger) in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa.Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp