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The impala is probably the most well-known antelope. That is not surprising, as impalas occur in large numbers in many national parks and reserves. They live in herds of several dozens of animals. These herds consist of one or two dominant males with many females and their kids. You'll also regularly see so called bachelor herds with only males. 

In the mating season males often challenge the dominant male and try to take control of his harem. This sometimes leads to wild chases and heavy fights. We were lucky to see this magnificent spectacle for several times now. 

Once the rainy season begins and the young grass shoots, within a few weeks all kids will be born. The mating season attracts many predators, which leads to about half of the calves do not survive the first few weeks. Partly because of this baby boom the impala is the most successful antelope on the savannah. 

Because they are on the menu of almost any predator, impalas are very alert mammals. As soon as they hear or smell (they have bad eyes) a predator around, they immediately alert each other and other animals in the area by a sound, much like a jammed, barking cough. 

Impala feed mainly on grass and food during the dry season and sometimes on leaves of small bushes. Furthermore, they like the fruit from trees which sometimes is 'given' by baboons. Baboons and impalas often pull together, share food with each other and keep an eye on the environment to notice predators in time. Besides eating, impala have to drink almost every day, so you will not find them in very dry areas. 

There are two types of impala, which look very much alike: the common impala and the blacked-faced impala, which is far less spotted. As the name suggests, he has a black blaze on his head. Because of its beautiful colours and slim head and body, to us, the impala is always one of the most photogenic antelopes.

 
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