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These HESC sables are from a breeding project that was established years ago. These animals are swapped out regularly for genetic purposes.
Good to know:
Sables are often referred to as the ‘typical’ sable but South African is indigenously home to the Matsetsi Sables. Most farmers crossed these two sub-species with one another in hopes to move as close to the nearly extinct giant sable – large with big horns. The Matsetsi sable population in Zimbabwe is only 450 – down from 24, 000 in 1994. Most of the sables on reserves are pure Matsetsi sables and there are roughly 7000 in South Africa.