Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52565

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Aepyceros
Genus species:Aepyceros mylampus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:128-142 cm
Height:86-91 cm
Weight:45-80 kg
Identification:The impala has a light mahogany coat, a white belly, fawn flanks, black vertical stripes on the tail and thighs, and a black glandular tuft on the fetlocks. Only the male has horns.
Habitat:Woodlands
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds
Reproduction:After a gestation period of 6.5-7 months, females give birth to a single calf in the rainy season.
During the breeding season, rams establish harems with 15-20 females. At other times of the year, females and their young form herds with as many as 100 members. They may sometimes split into smaller groups.
Behavior:Upon reaching maturity, males will disperse from their mother's herd.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Impala can leap as far as 10 meters and as high as 3 meters into the air.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Impala
even-toed ungulate
Aepyceros
Bovidae
Artiodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates