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Nature’s Corner – Sable antelopes

Sable antelope cows and juveniles (Hippotragus niger) with their chestnut brown to dark brown coats, graze at the Silolweni River, south of the Tshokwane Picnic Site in the Kruger National Park. The dominant female terrorizes the others with her long horns until some hamerkops (Scopus umbretta) startle them and they scatter.

Sables are among the larger antelope species in Africa, with bulls weighing about 235 kg (518 lb) and cows about 220 kg (490 lb). The average lifespan of a sable antelope is 19 years in nature and 22 years in captivity.

The footage has once again been provided by Katie and André of Two-V Productions. We thank them for their great videos. Please subscribe to their YouTube channel and follow their Facebook page. Books in their Op Vlerke series can be ordered from Kraal Uitgewers and should be available in the shops in the rest camps of the Kruger National Park soon. Number four in the series is available now! Please note that the books are published in Afrikaans only.

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