Aepyceros melampus

Impala, Aepyceros melampus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Adult male photographed at Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Dec. 2014. Females are smaller and without the long horns.

The Impala offers inspiration for sleek automobiles and clear testimony to the skill of The Blind Watchmaker. This species is for now fairly common and easily seen in Kenya's national parks. They prefer a habitat mix of savannah grass, trees and shrubs. It is vital that the habitat these animals depend on be preserved and protected.

In the photo the bulk of the green plants are Savanna Hibiscus (Hibiscus flavifolius). The impala preferentially feeds on other grasses and forbs thereby reducing competition and resulting in more hibiscus.

Bovidae -- Bovine Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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