The Giant Sable Antelope, Hippotragus niger variani, also known in Portuguese as the Palanca Negra, is a large, rare subspecies of Sable Antelope native and endemic to the region between Cuango and Luando Rivers in Angola.They had been thought extinct due to the years of internal civil war within the country until the recent documented sighting of a herd of these large antelopes by Professor Wouter van Hoven of South Africa in 2002.The Giant Sable Antelope is held in a great deal of respect by the country and people of Angola. This may be the sole reason they survived the long civil war. In African mythology, just like other antelopes, they symbolize the vivacity, the velocity, the beauty and the visual sharpness.The Giant Sable Antelope is evaluated as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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