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Impala ears

Unread postby Bundi » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:22 pm

I saw this impala during the past weekend near Berg en Dal. Look carefully at the ears....... which is a mystery to me. It almost look like it was done by a Vet.

Does anybody know what could have caused this?

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Re: Impala ears

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:25 pm

I strongly doubt it's something done by a vet :hmz: Seems like a gene hiccup, both ears seem to have exactly the same malformation.
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Re: Impala ears

Unread postby norms » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:25 pm

I witnessed the same thing recently near Orpen Gate - The female Impala ears were exactly the same as in Bundi's photo.
She had a perfectly normal lamb with her - :hmz:
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby louis dreyer » Tue May 03, 2011 3:17 pm

This one was laughing at us.

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Impala lambing - the myths, facts and signs

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:30 pm

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One of the attractions to visit Kruger in November for me, is to see impala lambs. They are really so cute.

The myths and facts on the whole lambing issue have been discussed on these forums some time back but in scattered topics.

Do the impala wait for the summer rains to start before dropping their lambs? This is a myth I have read.

Now in the park, and watching for lambs, and especially hoping to see a birth, I would like to ask the experts, what are the signs that a ewe is going to give birth. How long will the process last. Does anyone know the success rate of the lambs born in one year making it to maturity.

We observed a ewe yesterday that was holding her tail up, and she seemed to be dilating ... is this a sign she would give birth soon, and how soon? She was separate from the herd, but feeding comfortably.

We also saw a carcass of a lamb, taken by a baboon right after birth, on the S100. I have witnessed baboon actually eat a baby impala ....

Please help debunk the myths and shed some further light on this wonder of nature .... the lambing of impala.
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Re: Impala lambing - the myths, facts and signs

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:16 pm

Excellent topic!

Simple logic shows the 'waiting for rains' story to be a myth. The longer a baby takes to be born, the bigger it is - many human mums have discovered this! So 'holding on to the baby' would not be a good idea even if they could do it. The birthing time is determined by the rutting season. However once the ewes begin giving birth the rest of the ewes are triggered into also giving birth so the babies arrive at much the same time.

The ewe will move away from the rest to give birth, so at the moment a ewe on her own looking a little nervous may be about to give birth, or even have recently given birth....
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 10:12 am

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The life expectancy of an Impala is between 8 and 12 years.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 10:23 am

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Did You Know? :hmz:
Impala makes up 29% of the diet of lions in the Kruger National Park.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 10:24 am

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Did You Know? :hmz:
Impala makes up 28% of the diet of leopard in the Kruger National Park.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat May 19, 2012 1:38 pm

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby saraf » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:38 pm

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I'm really not sure where this girl's ear went.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread postby tent dweller » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:25 am

I love Impala, when I see them I know that I am truly in the Kruger. We always say that they are the MacDonalds of the Kruger because you can find them almost everywhere and they are on a lot of animals menus
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Impala LOVE <3

Unread postby leo21 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:43 pm

Since i was a Child visiting the kruger, i have loved the sight of impalas! :tongue:


they have such majestic natures and i truley think they are stunning!!!
is there anyone els that feel this way about this beautifull animal

or am i the only one that stops right tru my whole kruger trip when i come accros them :lol:

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Re: Impala LOVE <3

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:49 pm

You will be amazed if you read through the trip reports Leo21! Almost everybody loves Impalas! The fact that there are so many of them, doesn't matter. They are beautiful! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Impala LOVE <3

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:01 pm

I agree with you leo21. It is normally the first mammal that one see and someone once said that they are the welcome committees of Kruger. If I see the Impalas, then I know that I am back where I belong.
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