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Unread post by DuQues » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:43 am

In the Pafuri area:
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Unread post by bucky » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:02 pm

Generally it is around mid to late november , however you will often find that the north and south may have different times , sometimes 2 weeks or more , between there rutting and hence birth times .

I have heard that they drop after good rains , although by mid november we are fully into the rainy season , so there should be good rain by then .

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Unread post by Impisi08 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:48 pm

This impala was rubbing his forehead on the plant. "A visual display performed by territorial males and top ranking bachelors" (A Safari Companion, Richard D. Estes).

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Just a portrait.

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:46 pm

Wow, brilliant pics!!
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:06 am

MacDonalds :lol:
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Unread post by richardharris » Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:36 pm

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Just having fun! From the Kanniedood bird hide.

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Unread post by eladn » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:21 pm

Impalas fighting, near the Tamboti turn-off on the H7:

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Unread post by Richprins » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:40 pm

This near Crookes' Corner, Pafuri, September.

He appears to be suffering from mange, but the most striking aspect was an engorged (swollen) and constantly jerking penis! :shock:

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Unread post by Nannie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:46 pm

Yes we saw one little baby yesterday, just after going on the S25. Lots of pregnant ewes waiting for the rain that came last night and we should see lots of babies soon.

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:11 am

@ Richprins, Maybe he could have a disease, as he is in terrible condition and losing his fur. He could also be very old. shame :cry:

@ freespirit, When we go in December evrey year there are little lambs everywhere. According to Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park (Author Hieke Schutze), "Breed all year, with a lambing peak of a few weeks in spring and autumn." Hope this helps :D
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Antelope: Impala question

Unread post by naomirsa » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:21 am

Does anyone know what the latest number count is of the Impala in Kruger? Also, what is the top running speed of an Impala. Thanks
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Unread post by DuQues » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:40 am

There are over 100.000 impalas in Kruger according to the last census. Far from threatened in other words, though the blackfaced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) is threatened. The latest count for that one is around 2000, most of which live in Etosha NP.
The topspeed gave me a bit of a search, but I found this bit:
A 50 kg pronghorn antelope Antilocapra americana can run
at 100kmh-1 (Garland, 1983), but other artiodactyls of similar
body mass such as a roe deer Capreolus capreolus
(Gambaryan, 1974), impala Aepyceros melampus (Alexander
et al. 1977) or chamois Rupicapra rupicapra (Gambaryan,
1974) can only achieve approximately half of that speed.
Because of the similarities in body form and size of all of these
animals, it is surprising that the pronghorn antelope can run
twice as fast as the others. It is not yet fully understood why
some animals of a given body size can run so much faster than
others.

Source (PDF)
So it would be able to run at around 50 km/h...

They can jump distances more than 9 meters and 2.5 meters high.
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Thank you

Unread post by naomirsa » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:27 am

Thank you for the quick response and answer.
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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:41 pm

DuQues wrote:So it would be able to run at around 50 km/h...
They can jump distances more than 9 meters and 2.5 meters high.

I can certainly vouch for this after seeing an Impala last week running for its very life with a pack of wild dogs snapping at its heels. :shock:
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