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 Post subject: Re: Babies of the Bush
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:34 pm 
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G5000 - lovely thread which I too find rather facinating.
I was once given some info, which maybe Joao can verify, about Impala's which was:
a) One of the reasons they are so prolific is that they are both grazers and browsers so can survive the dry times.
b) During the rutting season the males loose so much condition trying to protect their harem, that they eventually become too weak and are replaced by a fitter fellow who then introduces new/different genes into the group.
I understood that it was as much as 30% of their body weight that the poor guys may loose from making new Impalas, running around chasing his ladies and protecting his ladies from the bad lads.
c) The lambs are dropped when the conditions are right.
They can prolong this until the rains have arrived.
d) The lambs are dropped all at the same time thus improving the survival rate of the youngsters.
When the first ewe delivers, it seems to spark off a chain reaction.

Resilient to say the least - isn't nature wonderful?

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 Post subject: Re: Babies of the Bush
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bushdad,
There is the old adage about safety in numbers,
not sure on the feeding method that makes them more resilient, but possibly so.

I am sure the males of many species do lose condition during the mating period.

The thinking now is that its a myth that lambs are only dropped when conditions are right, when the gestation period is up then they will give birth.

I do agree that nature is wonderful. :D

Sure Joao will be able to offer some more info on your questions. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Babies of the Bush
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:51 pm 
Hi bushdad.

I am definitely not a specialist regarding these things.

I do have some answers for you regarding your questions though.

a. Yes it is true that Impala are both grazers and browsers.
They are predominantly browsers but graze as well.
b. I am not sure that this is true.
The males do loose condition during the rut and mating season but generally the dominant male stay with his harem until the next rut starts during which he may be ousted by a stronger and fitter male.
c. The lambs are dropped during the onset of the rainy season but it is a myth that Impala can prolong their gestation.
d. Most of the lambs are born in a relatively short space of time but this is again not related to the first ewe dropping her lamb.
The period in which they mate a short and therefor the lambs are born in a short period.
This does have a positive effect on the survival rate.

I hope you got some info which may be of help.


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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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Hi KC,

We were there last week in the south and up to one hour drive below Satara. We only found a handful of newborn impala in the most northern part of our trip. None yet in the area of Pretoriuskop, Berg-en-Dal, Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie. But it was just a matter of days, max weeks, before they would start calving.


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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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Saw an Impala newborn on the H12 near the big green bridge on the morning of Sat 10 Nov.

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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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Here's the only new born impala my parent saw on their recent trip (seen near Satara on the 9th November 2012) :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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I was in KP on Saturday and Sunday and saw only one young Impala - probably about a week old - I say a week old because it was running around a clearing - doing laps and was far to sure footed to be just days old.

Females were all very heavy with calf (if that is what you call them before they are born)

I am hoping to see babies of a day or two - and there should be many soon.

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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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Saw one near Tshokwane last Saturday - mom still not with a herd so it was very young but agile.

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 Post subject: They are here!!!
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:dance:

First one seen just outside Shingwedzi camp last evening, on the main road to the camp:
Imageimpie babies by dinkybird, on Flickr

Next two seen this morning, on the S50 (note the umbilical cord on the little one left of pic):
Imageimpie babies by dinkybird, on Flickr


(apologies Elsa, will you pls merge to the correct topic for me :gflower: )

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 Post subject: Re: They are here!!!
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Ag DB they are tooooooo cute :k

Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: They are here!!!
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Beautiful - thank you DinkyBird :gflower:


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The most beautiful little Impies! Thanks for sharing DinkyBird! Enjoy! :clap: :clap:

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How wonderful to see the little new borns! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: They are here!!!
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Elmar wrote:
Great, now just hoping to get the first reports that the woodlands kingfishers have arrived!



OH YES!!! That is summer in the bush! When they arrive, you just know that December holidays are around the corner.

Please someone, let us know the first time they are heard. :dance:

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Image DinkyBird, thank you for sharing "They are here!!!" Great Pic's. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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