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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
IMPALA
Aepyceros melampus

Range:
Africa in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, northeastern South Africa and Uganda.

Impala are among the dominant species in many savannas. They can adapt to different environment by being grazers in some areas and browsers in others. Herds will use specific areas for their excrement. Impala are active during both day and night and are dependent on water. A herd is normally an indicator of water close by. Impala can thrive in areas where pure grazers cannot survive.

When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts leaping about in order to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 30 feet and 8 feet high. Leopards, cheetah, Nile crocodiles, lions, hyenas and wild dogs prey on impala.



Habitat: Savannah
Diet: Grasses, shoots, seedpods and foliage.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: Up to 165 pounds.
Horn Length: 18-37 inches long.

Lifespan: 12 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Gestation: 6-7 months.

 

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