Kenya: Shimba Hills National Reserve – Eastern Sable Antelopes
We came to Shimba Hills with a purpose – to find the endemic sable antelope that can only be found here and nowhere else. There are four subspecies of sable antelope known in the world, the other three are in Southern Africa and this subspecies – Easter Sable Antelope – is locked in a tiny space within an equally tiny Shimba Hills National Reserve. After a half day of game driving in search of the antelopes, we almost gave up – and the voila! – a big herd of them with one adult male and about two dozen females (females are brown while males are almost pure black). Sable antelopes don’t have any predator threats here as there are no lions or leopards, but their numbers still declining given how small the remaining population is.