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Re: Babies of the Bush

Unread post by bushdad » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:34 pm

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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Re: Babies of the Bush

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:48 pm

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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Unread post by Joao » 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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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by BushFairy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:43 pm

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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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Kicker Cat » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:15 am

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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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:06 pm

Saw one near Tshokwane last Saturday - mom still not with a herd so it was very young but agile.
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They are here!!!

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:11 pm

: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


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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:27 am

How wonderful to see the little new borns! 8)

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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:06 pm

Elmar wrote:Great, now just hoping to get the first reports that the woodlands kingfishers have arrived!

Not heard, nor seen one. At Punda now. Very hot, and bush is dry although there is surface water around.
Will keep eyes and ears peeled for the first Woody!
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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:09 pm

A Mother's Love:

We were so blessed to be part of the process of this little guy's entry into this big world today. When we arrived he was breathing, but still had not freed his legs from his mother. Our impie baby had two folk (and a few more!) rooting for him to get up and get going and wish him a wonderful long and happy life in the Kruger :)

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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:11 pm

How extra special is that !!! :clap: :dance: :clap:
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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:25 pm

Absolutely very special moments!

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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:11 pm

The video spans real time of about 20 mins.

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Re: They are here!!!

Unread post by hilda » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:03 am

So small and cute, struggling to get up! Stunning sighting DinkyBird and Hawk, and a beautiful video! Thanks for sharing! :clap: :clap:

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:42 am

It would be great to know whether the arrival of the Impala Lambs of the Kruger National Park has started :) and whether they are plentiful this 2015 season?
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