In the Real World
Sable antelopes are compact, barrel-chested mammals with thick necks and long, recurved horns. Coloration in adult females ranges from chestnut brown to brownish-black, while males turn black when they mature. They have white underbellies and white markings on their faces, with a black stripe running down their muzzle.
In The Lion Guard
The sable antelopes shown in The Lion Guard share the build and body shape of real sable antelope, but lack the black muzzle stripe. All of them are the same shade of deep brown.
Sable antelopes inhabit wooded savannas and grasslands, never too far from a water source. Their diet consists mostly of grass, though they also eat herbs and leaves. Lions, leopards, crocodiles, hunting dogs, and humans are all predators of the sable antelope. Sable antelopes with defend themselves against predators using their horns. Female sable antelopes typically give birth to one calf at a time.
The Lion Guard helps out a herd of sable antelope trapped in mud. Beshte pushes one out, and it trots onto dry land with two other antelopes. Bunga sits on the back of another while it honks, and Kion and Fuli pull its horns. They halt for a moment, and the antelope issues another honking sound. Kion soon leaves to investigate a sinkhole, and Beshte lifts the antelope out with his head. It honks once again.
The Lion Guard attempts to rescue a herd of sable antelopes lead by Bupu from their grazing grounds that are in great risk of flooding. The sable antelopes initially refuse to follow the guard's orders, but when Fuli asks them politely, they comply and run straight through the hippo lanes towards the other side.