| Impala, Aepyceros melampus
Masai Mara, Kenya
Other identification signs are the white belly
with pale flanks, black ear tips and a unlike black tuft of long hair above the heels of the rear
legs. Seen from behind
there are also three vertical stripes on the back of the thigh and tail,
forming the number "111". This
male has been lucky to survive a bachelor battle but had to pay with a
The Impala lives on the acacia savanna or in light woodlands, usually
near water of which they are very dependent. They are browsers, feeding
on leaves from acacia trees and bushes, but also short grass and fruits.
The Impala are very gregarious, each buck has harem of 15-20 females,
sometimes more. Sometimes they join in herds. Their movements are very
fast and they easily jumps even without obvious reason. They are able to
leap 10 meters in lenght or 3 meters in hight.