Impala - Mammals

Impala - map of occurrence


Aepyceros melampus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males 50-80kg (110-175lb), females 40-55kg (90-120lb)
Shoulder height: 80-90cm (2ft 7in -2ft 11in)
Lenght: 1.3-1.6m (4ft 3in - 5ft 3in) + tail 30-40cm (1ft - 1ft 4in)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 12 years
Gestation: 6.5 months, 1 calf
Voice: resonant nasal snorts, trumpeting noise, "roaring"
Range: from Kenya and Tanzania to northeast SA
Habitat: acacia woodlands, riverine thickets, grasslands close to water

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Impala are among the dominant species in many savannas. They can adapt to different environment by being grazers in some areas and browsers in others. They graze when the grass is green and growing and browse at other times. They will browse on shoots, seedpods and foliage. Impala are active during both day and night and are dependent on water. A herd is normally an indicator of water close by. Impala can thrive in areas where pure grazers can not survive. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts leaping about in order to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 9 meters (30 ft) and 2.5 meters (8 ft) high. Leopards, cheetah, Nile crocodiles, lions, spotted hyenas and wild dogs prey on impala.

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) - duel masai mara
Impala (Aepyceros melampus) - duel masai maraImpala (Aepyceros melampus) - savanna masai maraImpala (Aepyceros melampus) - male detail samburu
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:550 mm
exposure time:1/320 s
stativ:Manfrotto Nature 190 + MA 322RC 2
location:Masai Mara, Kenya