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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Hippotragus
Genus species:Hippotragus niger

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:197-210 cm
Height:117-140 cm
Weight:220-260 kg
Identification:The female sable antelope is russet with paler underparts. The male is black with white underparts and scythe-like horns.
Habitat:Woodlands, grassland edges
Diet:Herbivore: medium-high grasses, leaves
Reproduction:After a gestation of nine months, the female sable antelope gives birth to a single fawn (usually coinciding with the rainy season). The offspring are weaned by eight months of age and can live up to 17 years.
Herds of 10-30 individuals are led by a dominant male.
Behavior:This species is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. The males can be especially vicious with their horns if they are cornered.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Sable antelope can run up to 35 mph. Their main predators are the lion, leopard, and spotted hyena.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Sable antelope
even-toed ungulate
Hippotragus
Antelopes
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates