This photo was taken at “Weesgerus”, near Nylstroom ( Modimole) in Gauteng, South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Wildlife in Africa
“Rooibok”, the Afrikaans name, which literally mean “red buck”, is very descriptive of this very elegant antelope. Impala are one of the most beautiful and graceful antelope in Africa. Adult males (rams) stand about 35 inches (90 centimetres) tall at the shoulder and weigh about 119 pounds (54 kilograms). Adult females (ewes) are slightly smaller and have an average body
mass of about 90 pounds (41 kilograms).
The upper parts of the body are a rich reddish brown colour. The flanks, from behind the shoulders, are a pale fawn colour with
reddish undertones. The underparts are pure white. There are white patches around the eyes, on the inside of the ears and on the muzzle and throat. There is a dark brown to blackish patch high up on the forehead. A long, narrow, vertical black stripe on either side of the tail stands out in sharp contrast to a pale, fawn colour. The legs are long and slender. Above the fetlocks on the hind legs is an oval patch of dark hair that overlies a glandular area of the skin. The top of the tail is black and this colour narrows down to the tip and extends along the back as a thin stripe. The tail is white underneath and along the sides. The inside of the legs is lighter than the outside. The tips of the ears are black.
Sudden alarms cause herds to scatter explosively in all directions, with graceful leaps up to 3 m high and 12 m long.
They can jump through narrow gaps in undergrowth and fences.
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A laminated print to Maree Clarkson on 16 March 2011.
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