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Meat production of sable antelope

22 February 2013

The sable antelope is popular on wildlife ranches due to its high value as a trophy and tourism animal. Especially the western Zambian sable antelope is valued and this shows in the current mean prices that are being paid for it on live wildlife auctions. There are four subspecies of sable antelope in Africa: Hippotragus niger niger, to which the local ecotype of the Western Zambian sable antelope also belongs, in southern Africa; Hippotragus niger anselli in eastern Zambia; Hippotragus niger roosevelti in southern Kenia and northern Tanzania and the giant sable antelope Hippotragus niger variani in northern Angola. It is important to note that because they are only subspecies they will hybridize and produce fertile offspring. Hence they should never be kept together. The dangers of introducing such exotic wildlife have already been discussed in an earlier contribution. It is better to concentrate on improving the habitat and stock of indigenous sable antelope because they are already adapted to a marginal environment for sable antelope in South Africa Africa.

The sable antelope occurs in greater numbers in wetter and more tropical regions in Africa....

 

References:

Kriek, J C 2005. The sable antelope. In J du P Bothma and N van Rooyen (Eds). Intensive wildlife production in southern Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp 138 - 146.

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 663 - 664.

By: Prof J du P Bothma

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