Impala.. another pre-post.

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Our most common antelope in Africa. Bold statement to make but I’m sure it is.

Not a big antelope… (height; between 75 and 95 cm (30 and 37 in) and weigh; between 40 and 60 kg (88 and 130 lb.).

Females and young form herds of up to 200 individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories. Territorial males round up any female herds that enter their grounds, and chases away bachelor males that follow.

They will even chase away recently weaned males. He then does his best to prevent any female from leaving his territory. (Busy little fellow).

The breeding season of the impala, also called the rut, begins at the end of the wet season in May. The entire affair lasts about three weeks. While young are usually born after six to seven months, the mother has the ability to delay giving birth for an additional month if conditions are harsh. (Now this is taking giving birth to a new level, Prince William can be glad woman can’t do this).

When frightened or startled, the whole herd starts leaping about to confuse their predator. Able to jump distances of more than 10 m (33 ft.) and 3 m (9 ft.) into the air, threatened impalas will explode in a magnificent spectacle of leaping. This photo I borrowed from the Internet… thank you whoever you are, I’ve blanked the number plate and faces…

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Now that should give you a good idea of how high and how far……

Now for a few of my photos….

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There are estimated to be over 100 000 of these in the Kruger National park alone… and now you wonder why we root for the Cheetah to capture them, not like the one that got away by mistakenly jumping into a vehicle… to watch the video clip  CLICK HERE …. this was a freak accident as Impala don’t like to travel in a car full of women….

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47 thoughts on “Impala.. another pre-post.

    • Now that is a good question… maybe they run to find the strongest, fittest therefore best genes for their offspring? Can’t give a definite answer to that except possibly what I suggest…

  1. Beautiful brown color, your description of this animal is sophisticated to say the least. My only question is do the Cheetahs capture them in volume?

  2. Like the photos and amazing video. It would be quite a shock to get an Impala on your lap. Clearly athletic and built for speed.

  3. Easier said than done. 🙂 I had to literally catch my breath on awakening to these amazing sunrise photos shared with us. What a treat, too, with the impala setting his/her high jump record over that car. Stunning moment captured. National Geographic move over! Enjoy your last few adventures before you return home safely.

  4. Wow! I imagine those people in the car must have had quite a fright!
    Your photos are beautiful (and as I see no leaping, you obviously didn’t startle them). 😉

  5. Impalas have pretty, sweet faces, and yes, they can JUMP! I love the photo as well as the video. I can’t imagine what the people on the highway thought with the Cheetah chasing the Impala into the tourist’s car. I’m not quite ready to root for the Cheetah, but I can afford to feel that way from such a distance! 🙂

  6. Beautiful shots that remind me of my trip on safari in Tanzania. Between the impala, antelope, gazelle, waterbuck, eland, etc., etc., etc., we couldn’t keep all of them straight, so we got to calling them the DLA’s for “deer-like animals.” It was much easier. Thank you for posting these…

  7. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it’s SUPERBUCK! The video is amazing.
    I love your shots, however. Because of the relative ease in finding them – I remember one trip to Kruger when that was about all we saw -, impala are much underrated. They are still magnificent animals.

  8. lol…car full of women. Very funny. They are very beautiful, though. Shame that couple could not see them what with them wearing circles on their head whilst driving and all. 🙂 So nice of you to have these posts while you are away so we do not miss your blog and you too much!! Hope your trip is going well. You are in my prayers for a peaceful, productive and safe trip, Bulldog!! 🙂

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