If you travel in Africa, you will meet many wild animals, like the sable antelope. Here you can discover interesting facts about this strikingly beautiful animal, found in eastern and southern Africa.
1. A Sable antelope has ridged horns which curve backwards
A sable antelope’s horns are both curved and ridged, which can reach up to 1.5m in length, the longest of all African antelopes apart from the Kudu, and are found in both sexes. However, a male’s horns are slightly larger and heavier than a female’s.
2.Their coat changes colour
Our hair colour turns grey as we get older and a sable antelope’s coat changes colour with age too. A calf is born with a camouflaging, sandy brown coat, blending in with the environment, but as it matures, its coat changes from a light colour to a much darker hue.
3. They don’t eat meat
Are you a veggie? If so, you and a sable antelope have one thing in common! This animal feeds on grass, trees and bushes. In fact, 90% of their diet is made up of tree leaves.
4. They’re heavier than you think
A male sable antelope weighs around 235kg and a female weighs slightly less at around 220kg. To put this into perspective for you, a sable antelope weighs almost as much as a lion or tiger!
5. Big cats have died while fighting sable antelopes
Who would have thought that sable antelopes could kill their predators? Well, they can. They defend themselves from lions and other predators using their sharp horns, which pierce and sometimes kill the animal that has been trying to attack them.
6. They stay close to water
A sable antelope will not travel more than two miles from a watering hole or river. In fact, its body needs water at least every other day therefore it will tend to settle near water sources.
Are you interested in seeing this stunning African antelope close up? Then a trip to Kenya or South Africa is right up your street. You’re certain to enjoy sightings of one of Africa’s iconic species in these dreamy destinations.