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 COMMON NAME
Impala
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Aepyceros melampus
(Lichtenstein,1812


Normally only one lamb is born after a gestation period of about 7 months, and will be strong enough to walk within a couple of hours. Females give birth for the first time at the age of 3 years.
Impala are very often seen associated with Giraffe, Kudu, Zebra, Wildebeest and Baboons. With these, Impala avoid associating when the lambs are born, as Baboons are known to prey on young Impala Lambs.
Impala and Young Lamb
Wildlife Picture taken in the Kruger National Park
Adult Impala can weigh up to 60 Kg. and have a life span of about 14 years. Only Males have horns.
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