what to see / Black Faced Impala

Introduction: The black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) is a sub-species of the common impala originally from the north west of Namibia, introduced to Etosha National Park in the 1970's. They are darker than other impala and are so called due to their characteristic black face. They tend to keep to dense riverine vegetation during the day lying in the thickets to escape the heat of the day. Modest vegetation zones are also attractive to them. They are gregarious creatures and occur in small herds of between 3 and 15, with larger herds being formed in the lambing season. Solitary males team up with harems of females with their offspring. Distribution: They are confined to the south-western part of Etosha National Park and the Kamanjab district, marking its southern boundary. They can also be observed in the Kunene River area. Diet: Black-faced impala are both browsers and grazers, consuming flowers, leaves and shoots and the fruit, bark and leaves of shrubs su... read more  Read More

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