By James Cook
This is a Sable Antelope. This Sable is a fully matured male. You can tell this by his distinctive black pelt, thick muscular build and an impressive set of horns. He was the bull of the herd having exiled all the other males when they reached adolescence.
The conservation status of the Sable Antelope is that of least concern. Despite this they are on a decline, as their natural habitat of grassland is being taken over for agricultural development. Their horns also make for prized hunting trophies which doesn’t help matters.
This Bull was photographed at Imire Safari Ranch and was part of a breeding herd they were managing there.