Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Impala can be characterized by their lyre shaped horns. Only the males have horns. They stand 90 cm./36” tall at the shoulder. Impala rams are often found fighting viciously during the winter rut. Goat-like growls and high pitch ‘k-s-s-k’ sounds are heard over far distances through the bush during these fights. Impala are often associated with Baboons, as Baboons act as sentinels. Impala are probably the most vector-free antelope due to mutual grooming. Above the hind ankles are black tufts of hair that conceal the metatarsal glands. Fleeing, Impala clear obstacles up the 2m/75” tall. Once in the air, hormones are secreted by these glands that serve as direction setters to followers. The dominant ram are always found at the back of the herd, which can be as large as 40 animals at a time.
A thin-skinned animal. Broadside and quartering away shots are advised. In line with the front leg, place the arrow one quarter length from the bottom of the chest. Tough as they are, wounded Impala can survive for days if adequate penetration was not achieved.
SCI - 54”
Rowland Ward - 235/8”
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