Today I want to write about one of the iconic mammals of Africa, the impala.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful antelope grow up to 160 cm long and 90 cm tall. The males are larger than the females.
- Only the males grow horns, which can reach 70 cm long. They are used to fight with each other to establish dominance during the breeding season.
- Impala live in large groups and look out for each other. They make a loud barking noise when they sense a predator and are very hard to catch once they start running away.
- They are very fast runners and amazing jumpers, with the ability to leap 3 metres high and 10 metres long which helps them to escape from predators including lions, leopards and cheetahs.
- Impala live in grasslands near water and can be found throughout southern and eastern Africa where they are quite common.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about impala?