|“||Antelopes are not...silly creatures!||”|
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, spotted hyenas, 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.
As leader of the sable antelopes, Bupu attends the Savannah Summit.
While there, Makuu tries to bargain with Bupu, asking that his float sleep by their grazing grounds during the Dry Season. Bupu refuses twice, but later, seeing Makuu change his ways, Bupu relents, and offers him his grazing ground, competing with Vuruga Vuruga over where Makuu should stay.
A young sable antelope named Mzaha is kicked out of Bupu's herd, and joins two other animals thrown out of their groups, Chama and Mzaha. After unintentionally causing havoc around the Pride Lands and trying to live next to Rafiki's Tree, Fuli persuades Bupu into letting him return. But when the rowdy youngster refuses to calm down, he leaves of his own accord to join up with his other friends.
Although Rafiki rejects the group, they return to his tree when noticing that he and Makini are trapped in a fire that has enveloped the tree. They successfully save the mandrills, and announce that they have located a spot near Big Springs where they can live. They are invited by Rafiki to attend Makini's Painting Ceremony and they do.
Bupu gets his horns stuck in a tree, where a yellow wagtail named Nyuni had set up a nest. While his impatient herd wait for their leader to get free, Zazu notices the sight and decides to add it to his Morning Report, embarrassing Bupu. When the Lion Guard finally get him free, Bupu travels with the branch (and yellow wagtail) still attached to his horns.
Later, he is asked if they have seen Zazu. Although they have not, it is revealed that Bupu and Nyuni have become friends, with the bird informing Bupu of a wandering young sable antelope.
When Ma Tembo's herd loses their home Kilo Valley Kion asks Bupu if they can stay in their home. He agrees, but when the elephants start to spray themselves with dirt, Bupu deems their behavior unacceptable and kicks them out.