Young male impala

Young male impala

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Caption: Young male impala (Aepyceros melampus). Only the male impala has horns. The horns of this young male will develop into a set of curved horns which will be used in displays and fights with rivals. Impala inhabit the plains and forest edges of eastern Africa, grazing on acacia trees, bushes, fruits and grasses. Herds of 15-25 females and offspring are ruled by a dominant male. Males not in a herd form a bachelor herd, and may try to infiltrate a dominant male's harem. Impala are renowned for their leaping (stotting) when startled or attacked. They can jump over three metres into the air and up to ten metres forwards. The jumps are designed to confuse predators.

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Keywords: aepyceros melampus, african, animal, antelope, horns, impala, male, mammal, nature, wildlife, young, zoology

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