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Unread post by G@mespotter » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:09 pm

Elsa, saw something similar in december 2005....15 km south of Skukuza, cheetah hunting impala.....but missed as the jumped over amazing heights! :shock:
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Unread post by Luren » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:41 am

They are quite agile!
we watched lions stalk impala on the S100 for 2 and a half hours- when the cubs spooked them, the impala sped of , many leaping over the cars!

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Unread post by saraf » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:53 pm

I've seen an impala jump clear over the tar road just north of Croc Bridge.

Couldn't see what was following them though.
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Impala giving birth.

Unread post by Gunner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:14 pm

impala giving birth on the S28...










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Re: Impala giving birth.

Unread post by Caracal » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:30 pm

Awesome sighting Gunner. :thumbs_up:
And fantastic photos..thanks for sharing !
I have had the privilege of watching a springbok as well as a wildebeest give birth in the KTP...a humbling experience indeed ! :D

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Unread post by ingrid60 » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:40 pm

Thank you Gunner for sharing these awesome sighting!!

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Wonderful pix too!!
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Impala "Twins"???

Unread post by Dave Heard » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:06 am

Came across these Impala and was attracted by the identical pose and thought it was unusual for a male and female to appear to be so close.
Looking at them it occurred that they might be twins.
Do multiple births occur and could I be correct?


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Re: Impala "Twins"???

Unread post by Jock » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:57 am

Hi Dave, in my opinion I would say no. Youngsters often come together and form little "nurseries" which is what these two could be doing.

Maybe childhood sweethearts :wink:
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Richprins » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:41 pm

Anyway, herewith proof from 1977!



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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Donny » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:29 pm

Thanks Richprins :clap: :clap:

That is just amazing. Has anything similar been documented recently, not specifically with impala ?

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Stark » Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:40 pm

Question for you all: We saw two behaviors while in the park from Impala that were unexpected, at least for us. :)

First, we came upon two youngsters who were grooming each other. One would like the others ear, and then would get its ear licked in return. Do Impala "show" other Impala where they'd like to be groomed, similar to horses?

Second, I surprised a mom and baby one morning. Okay, I didn't surprise mom...she stayed bedded down, but her fawn got to its feet until it was sure I wasn't a threat. It then spun around, and around, and around, and around, and around, until it finally bedded down again. I thought this might have been similar to how dogs do a spin before lying down, but this little think didn't remotely stay in one spot while spinning.

Can anyone shed some light on these behaviors? Thank you!
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:10 pm

Hello, Stark! :D

I think the first instance is just the juveniles mimicking adult behaviour, and the adults do indeed "know" where to groom each other. Impala specifically have little grooves in their front row of teeth so as to be able to "rake" out parasites and other impurities - presumably valuable salt crystals too! Don't know about other antelope...

The second instance I would strongly presume to be in the midst of a herd, and just silly behaviour...

Depending on how young the fawns are, they know damn well to stay lying down as their best defence against predators! :)

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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Mgoddard » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:35 am

For those who have not yet read My Blog, 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)...


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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:58 pm

Mgoddard wrote: I think it is said that he is an Albino or (lukinistic)...

The term that you are looking for here is leucistic, but the impala is NOT an albino, as albinism is the total absence of colour. To explain simply, leucistic means an unnatural prodminance of white colouring, whilst melanistic means an unnatural predominance of dark/black colouring. There seems to be considerable confusion about the terms leucistic and albino, with them far too often being used incorrectly and interchangeably.
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Re: Antelope: Impala

Unread post by Richprins » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:28 pm

Very nice, Mgoddard! :thumbs_up:

Here's some interesting old footage from Mpondo Dam:




There were two impala trapped in the mud, and the rangers had a bit of a conference before stripping and doing the deed!

Didn't say what happened to the second one...

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