Aepyceros melampus

Size: Up to 90cm high
Habitat: Savannahs and bush 
Feeding: Foliage and grass 

The Impala is a very common medium-sized antelope. It has a red/brown coat with lighter underparts. It has a patch of black fur just above the hooves of the hind legs. It also has distinctive M-shaped markings on its rump, and is jokingly referred to as the "McDonalds of the plains" fast food for their predators.

The male, which is larger than the female, has long, lyre-shaped horns.

It has a lifespan of  about 12 years.

The top photo, an immature male, was taken in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The second photo shows a mature male and the third, a female. They were taken in Laikipia, Kenya.









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