The sable (Hippotragus niger) is an antelope with a compact and robust build, characterised by a thick neck and tough skin. It has a well-developed and often upright mane on its neck as well as a short mane on the throat. Their general colouration is rich chestnut to black. Females and juveniles are chestnut to dark brown, while males begin darkening and turn black after three years. However, in southern populations, females have a brown to black coat. The underparts, cheek, and chin are all white and there are long, white hairs present below the eyes. A wide black stripe runs over the nose. Both sexes have ringed horns which arch backward. In females, these can reach 61–102 cm (24–40 in), while in males they are 81–165 cm (32–65 in) long.
WEIGHT MALE: 235 KG
WEIGHT FEMALE: 210 KG
SHOULDER HEIGHT MALE: 1.35 M
SHOULDER HEIGHT FEMALE: 1.25 M
MATING SEASON: THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Weights & shoulder heights are averages