AN IMPALA ENCOUNTER!
THE KRUGER NATIONSL PSRK, SOUTH AFRICA
CAMERA: Nikon D50
Lens; Sigma 70-300mm DG
IMPALA – aepyceros melampus
They have acute hearing and have been known to frighten elephants by uttering loud snorts when alarmed by the approach of humans. They fight a great deal during the mating season, uttering long, drawn out snorts and are quite capable of killing one another at such times. This preoccupation affects their vigilance and it is often possible to pass close by a herd without disturbing them. They remain persistently in overgazed areas. Imapala are excellent jumpers. They can often be seen in die company of baboons and are preyed upon by lion, cheetah, leopard and to a great extend, the Cape hunting dog. In overcast, windy weather they often lie down.
The black tufs above the hooves on the hind legs conceal scent glands.
Both browsers and grazers. They utilise a wide variety of plants and drink regularly.
SHOULDER HEIGHT; 91CM MASS; 45-55kg GESTATION; 180 – 210 days.