IDENTIFICATION: Athletically-built medium sized antelope. There are characteristic black bands on the tail and buttocks. Patches of black hair occur above the ankles. Horns. Only males have horns.
DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa.
HABITAT: Open woodland with sufficient water - especially thorn, can also found in more dense woodland areas along rivers, and on the edge of woodland and grassveld or floodplains. Water Dependant.
HABITS: Grazes and browses. Gregarious; usually forms herds of 6-20 and even more than 100 in the winter. Territorial males (only in mating season), bachelor herds and breeding herds can be distinguished. During the rest of the year territorial males join breeding or bachelor herds. Adult males establish territories during the mating season; they use communal dung heaps and scent-mark the grass and bushes with pre-orbital glands. Mainly diurnal and rests during the hottest part of the day.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Impala are a much sought after specie, hunted by most hunters on their first trip to Africa. A very alert animal to approach when stalking often indicating danger by repeated snorts. During the rut, males can be heard “roaring” or grunting as they keep their harem of females together. Impala are not big antelope but can prove to be very difficult to bring down if shots are not executed 100%. When judging the trophy quality of males, always look at the base of the horn, ensure they are dark black and hard, then look at the shape and the overall length. The tips should always point straight upwards or flare out, the best indication of a mature ram.
- Ave Age of Mature rams: +/- 5 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature rams: +/- 100 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License