Their magnificent horns, reaching 100cm in females and up to 165cm in males, have made them a trophy animal for centuries, thus contributing to their endangerment as a species:
“Clad in their black attire like the chief mourner at a funeral . . . with all the pomposity and self-importance of village billy goats . . . so brilliant an addition to the catalogue of game quadrupeds – so bright a jewel amid the riches of zoology”.
– Sir William Cornwallis Harris, explorer and trophy hunter, who first described the species for Europeans in 1838.
Arno and Louise have some more shots of Sable Antelopes in their Flickrstream.