Aepyceros melampus

It is a tawny, sleek and elegant creature living in herds varying in size but the beauty is often overlooked due to its abundance.

Characteristics

Distribution
The most common and widespread antelope on the savannas and woodlands of east and southern Africa!

Social structure
Bachelor herds are made up of either young male impala or adults that have been ousted from their territories. Impala males will continually test their strength against one other.

Breeding herds are made up of females and young males that have not reached sexual maturity yet. Out of rutting season, herds may still be seen together.

Range differentiation
The black-faced impala (A.m. petersii) occurs in northern Namibia and southern Angola. The only striking difference is the black flash on the face. On close observations in other areas you can find regular impala with black faces.

Habitat
Savanna woodland where water is available

Feeding
An extremely adaptable species, impalas’ food is varied. They are intermediate feeders (browsers and grazers), depending on the area they inhabit and the availability of food.

Breeding
In southern Africa the rutting season starts at the end of the rainy season (May) and lasts about three weeks. In East Africa the season is extended to most of the year and the dominant males do not last long as they are hard put mating and keeping challengers at bay.

Young are born after a seven month gestation period. Impala are known to delay birth for up to a month if conditions are not favorable.