Wednesday, 3 December 2014

IMPALA - Majete Game Park, Malawi

While I was in Africa this year, the Impala was one of the most common and most graceful of all Africa’s antelopes. Today I am showing you a number 
of photographs and video I took at Majete Game Park.

The IMPALA is a slender, agile creature, it can clear formidable obstacles and run at speeds faster than 60km/h.  They are fleet runners who can leap up to 10m in length and 3m in height. They use their tremendous speed and agility to avoid predation, and seemingly for pure enjoyment.

Males are known as rams, while females are referred to as ewes and have no horns. Male Impalas have Lyre-shaped and ringed horns, up to 75cm long. The male’s horns can take many years to reach full length, which is why young animals are unlikely to establish a dominant position and breeding territory.

 Male Impalas produce a scent from a gland on their foreheads to advertise their status to rivals. When he loses his rank, a male produces less scent. Males will fight for status and territory throughout the mating season, using their antlers as weapons.

Impalas decrease their chances of attack when living in herds. They leap and scatter in all directions when being attacked to confuse the predator.

Most young Impala are born around mid-day as this is the safest time to give birth since most of their enemies are resting. Half of newborn are killed by predators within the first few weeks of life.

Mothers can delay giving birth for a month if the weather conditions are harsh, such as during the wet season. The sex ratio among impala is weighed in favour of the female, with twice as many females born each year.

As they also must drink every day and knowing that predators, such as the lion, frequently lie in wait around waterholes at dusk, they often drink during the hottest part of the day. At this time, the predators are at their most sluggish.

The Impala is rarely seen on its own. Females and young animals form herds of up to 100 individuals, while males live in a bachelor group of about 60 animals. They occupy a large range and make seasonal migrations from high to lower ground according to the availability of suitable food.

 Predators include lions, leopards and cheetahs. Like other antelope, the impala is constantly alert to danger and has extremely acute senses of hearing, sight and smell. They can release a scent from their glands on their heels, which can help them stay together. This is done by performing a high kick of their hind legs.

The name ‘Impala’ come from the Zulu language meaning ‘gazelle’.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this beautiful antelope.

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  1. Such a stunner. And I love their survival techniques. Dumb animals? I don't think so.

  2. When you haven't been in Africa for some years it feels good to see a number of pictures of this elegant animal.
    Refreshing memories.
    Greetings, Kees

  3. I enjoyed learning about the Impala. Thank you Margaret! This is a great series of photos. A beautiful animal and those horns are impressive.

  4. The Impala is a beautiful animal.I think 'speed' when I think of them,they are so sleek.

  5. The Impalas are really wonderful, absolutey stunning photos Margaret.

  6. Beautiful creatures. Love the antlers.

  7. Beautiful animals! I'd love to see them in the wild.

  8. I do like impala - they are so graceful, and their striped rump is a real statement.