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IMPALA BABY, EYES AND EARS! - BLACK-FACED IMPALA _Aepyceros melampus petersi by 


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2014/02/08
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IMPALA “EYES AND EARS”
Captured Location: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
Camera Nikon D50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG

BLACK-FACED IMPALA _Aepyceros melampus petersi
Swartneusrooibok

Appearance similar to the impala, colouration differs in being darker and the upper parts of the body lacking the rich red brown, being duller brown with purplish sheen. Tip of the ears darker and tails considerably longer and bushier. There is a very dark stripe from the nostrils to the top of the head, wide up to the eyes and narrow to the top of the head, which is characteristic.
Because they are far less numerous than the impala, her congregations are correspondingly smaller. Herds usually number up to 20 but more in lambing times, splitting up afterwards. The social behaviour and structure is similar. Their habitat is dense riverine, where they tend to remain during the day. Available water is vital.
Reproduction as the impala, Records reveal that, in the event of the birth of twins, one is totally ignored and allowed to die.
FOOD: Similar to the impala. Seasonally they eat large quantities of pods of the acacias. They compete with goats for available food and their existence is threatened by the increasing competition from these problem animals.
Gestation period +/- 195 days
Young One
Mass Male 62kg Female 50kg
Shoulder height 90cm
Horns 65cm (Males)
Life expectancy 12 Years

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Comments

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersalmost 6 years ago

    oh so delicate….beautiful mouth and such big gentle eyes….and those radar ears….fantastic shot, mags…..she is just so gorgeous…..

  • thank you for this wonderful and kind comment !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    Exquisite image mags, so beautiful I could weep

  • thank you dear Pat, just catching up!!! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937almost 6 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful…………Such a warm picture……!

  • thank you Glenda for your warm comment!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Jocelyn Hyers
    Jocelyn Hyersalmost 6 years ago

    breathtaking .. so soft and delicate ..

  • thank you Jocelyn for such a kind comment xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    stunning picture, wow i love how its watching you watching him or her great capture dawn

  • Just catching up!!1 thank you my friend xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Tramper
    Tramperalmost 6 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful Mags.

  • Trying to catch up! Thank you so much Tramper!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Peace Mitchell
    Peace Mitchellalmost 6 years ago

    Love those ears!! Another beautiful shot Mags!

  • Trying to catch up! Thank you so much xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 6 years ago

    A beautiful close-up!!!! These animals are so beautiful.

  • Catching up ! Thank you so much Lori !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful details … great shot Mag

  • Thank you Ana, trying to catch up on my long absence!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Michele Duncan IPA
    Michele Duncan...almost 6 years ago

    Excellent shot and going in my favs!

  • On the catching up! Thank you Michele ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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