Impala – Common
(Latin = Aepyceros melampus, Afrikaans = Rooibok, Tswana = Phala)
- Numbers: Abundant
- Weight: 39 – 80 kg (86 – 176 lb.)
- Shoulder height: 90 cm (36 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 27 and three eights in.
- Rowland Ward: 30 and seven eights in.
- Females horns? No
This Impala is the most common antelope in South Africa.
They are browsers as well as grazers. Impala prefer places close to water sources and resort to succulent vegetation if water is scarce. They will never move too far away from water.
Following a gestation period of 194-200 days, single calves are born during early summer.
Its preferred habitat is woodland savannahs of the northern and eastern districts of South Africa and in countries beyond.
Impala has a keen sense of hearing and smell, not to mention his superb eyesight. Stalking them will need to be cautious and calculated. An ambush near known feeding areas is the best option. 6mm, 7mm, up to the 30 calibers are good choices when hunting Impala. This is a very tough animal, therefore a heart or lung shot is your best option.