Aepyceros – Impala
One of the most successful African sprinters
This graceful antelope is one of the most common African water-dependent and typical ecotone species found in mostly transition zones between two ecosystems.
Impalas occur widely in southern and East Africa, associated with light woodlands and savannas. Like most bovids, they are diurnal, usually feeding during dawn and resting during mid-day and after dark.
They have a distinct social structure with three types of groups- female herds, bachelor herds, and territorial males with allogrooming as a vital part of it. Male impala’s horns are ringed spiral and can grow up to 3 feet in length.
Impalas are considered abundant, but with less than 1000 black-faced impalas (subspecies) are classified as Vulnerable.