I wanted to do an album to show the differences between male / female and between the common and black-faced impala but that's only available in square format. so, for now, an in your face male common impala (whose horns still don't fit in the portrait format of instagram, apparently 🤔)
the impala (aepyceros melampus) is a medium-sized antelope found in eastern and southern africa. the sole member of the genus aepyceros. two subspecies are recognised—the common impala, and the larger and darker black-faced impala. the impala reaches 70–92 centimetres (28–36 inches) at the shoulder and weighs 40–76 kg (88–168 lb). it features a glossy, reddish brown coat. the male's slender, lyre-shaped horns are 45–92 centimetres (18–36 inches) long.
active mainly during the day, the impala may be gregarious or territorial depending upon the climate and geography. three distinct social groups can be observed: the territorial males, bachelor herds and female herds. browsers as well as grazers, impala feed on monocots, dicots, forbs, fruits and acacia pods (whenever available).
the impala occurs in woodlands and sometimes on the interface (ecotone) between woodlands and savannahs; it inhabits places close to water. [wikipedia]
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