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Inktober DAY 08 by ElbenherzArt Inktober DAY 08 by ElbenherzArt
Giant Sable Antelope
Population: Ca. 100 animals
Status: Critically endangered

"The giant sable antelope (Hippotragus niger variani) is one of Africa’s most magnificent and least known animals, having remained hidden in its central Angolan refuge for centuries, protected and revered by local tribes. A subspecies of the common sable antelope, the giant sable is found only in Angola, and has been a national emblem since its discovery in 1909, proudly displayed on Angolan postage stamps and currency. However, the giant sable’s most striking characteristic – its long curving horns which can exceed 160 cm – soon made it a prime target for hunters.
In 1975, just as moves were being made to secure a future for the antelope, the Angolan civil war erupted. The area became closed to conservationists and the giant sable was feared lost barely 70 years after it was discovered.
In 2003, an ambitious project aimed at proving the giant sable’s survival and establishing the grounds for its conservation was launched by local conservation scientist, 38-year-old Pedro Vaz Pinto. Expeditions failed to sight anything, but cameras traps set in April last year produced the first photos of giant sable seen for more than twenty years."


I decided to dedicate this years inktober mostly to endangered, extinct or enslaved animal species. 
In November I'll sell some of the originals to raise money for local animal shelters. <3

Panartias Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich dachte erst, das sollte ein Steinbock (capricorn) sein - aber da passt der Schwanz nicht ganz
ElbenherzArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, ich habe wohl vergessen die Beschreibung zu posten wie ich gerade sehe. :'D 

Mal direkt nachgeholt. :'D
Panartias Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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