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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby forestgump » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:02 pm

anyone noticed that prior to horns developing on impala , you can tell the differance in sexes by looking at the head ??
i noticed the black markings of the little females extended more to where the horns should be on top of the head.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:53 am

Driving Crocodile River Road in December 2008 we spent a lot of time at the "impala service station". Enjoy!
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby reinette » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:59 pm

Mgoddard wrote:...here is a pic of a 'white" impala that I have seen many times this week around the Shingwedzi area on the road to the Kanniedood Dam, S50. I think it is said that he is an Albino or (lukinistic)...

We've seen this same Impala driving from Shingwedzi on the S50.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:08 pm

Few Impalas did gave birth but alot still got to deliver.

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby forestgump » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:58 pm

on the 26th oct this year i saw my first little one for the season between tshokwane and skukuza :D
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:55 pm

I have a question. Do Impala have twins...

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:15 pm

Just strange, but 2 days ago I saw a couple of Impala ewes which still seemed to be pregnant!
Also, far fewer lambs than usual...

Maybe it's just the local area?(S-25)

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Sprocky » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:19 pm

RP, I noted a few in this area as well on Thursday, big ewes that is. There are youngsters that vary in age by a month or two, never seen this before.

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby painter » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:07 pm

A week ago we also noticed the same thing in the Lower Sabie area. I also wondered if this was normal.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby louis dreyer » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:42 am

As promised my white impala
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby adw » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:30 pm

Although the most common antelope one comes across in the Kruger Park and often photographed I wonder if other forumites have the same problem as I do when trying to photograph Impala. When I raise my camera the Impala become very skittish and what was a nice pose suddenly deterioates into a no-no shot. Or just as you are about to click, in walks another impala which also ruins the shot.
I managed to get this photo in the rain without the impala bolting away or an 'intruder' spoiling the shot.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Tom124 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:05 pm

Hi adw - that's a great shot.

I have not really ever noticed the impies being skittish - then again I hardly photograph them!

I suppose they are a major prey animal, so they are constantly on high alert for irregularaties in their environment!
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby ice » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:32 am

true or false?

in some books you can read that impala and springbok are able to sort of control the time they give birth...usually waiting until the first heavy rains come...at least once this "story" has also been told to me by a SAN Parks guide (Andre from Twee Rivieren) - now on my latest trip to KNP the female guide from BED said this was not true, a complete myth...so who's right and who's wrong?

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby louis dreyer » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:52 pm

"While young are born after seven months, the mother has the ability to delay giving birth for an additional month if conditions are harsh. When giving birth a female impala will isolate herself from the herd despite numerous attempts by the male to keep her in his territory."

You can read more on :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impala
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby bishop3006 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:48 pm

Hi Louis, I would like to see that confirmed by a reputable source, not just Wikipedia. Though I also often use Wikipedia for many things, it is notorious for not being 100% accurate. I have also heard this often, but believe it to be more in the order of two weeks rather than a month. Pity I don't have the full Smithers... :cry:
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