Impala

Impala Aepyceros melampus

ClassMammalia
OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
Size90cm to withers
Weight45–60kg
Gestation6 ½ months
Birth1
Life-spanup to 18 years in zoos
Diet
herbivorous

Habitat
savannah, scrubland

Range
Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda…)


Impalas can jump up to 3m off the ground and 10m in length. When danger strikes, they leap about wildly as they flee in order to disconcert their predators.
 
Only males have horns, which can measure up to 80cm. For a large part of the year they form small herds and live apart from females, only rejoining them for the rut. Females give birth alone, often in the middle of the day, including in zoos.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo