If there was any one antelope that is etched into peoples minds, it is probably the Impala, being featured on numerous wildlife programmes. Weighing from 100 to 130 pounds and ranging from 28 to 36 inches tall, this modestly sized antelope has a lifespan of about 12 years and enjoys Savannas and light woodland as their favoured habitat. They are found in Botswana, all the way up the eastern belt of Africa to the borders of Ethiopia. They are not endangered at all and have healthy populations in all these regions. Impala are herbivorous but have a special ability to both graze and browse, giving it so many more options of food sources, eating grass in rainy season and herbs and shrubs at other times. However, the peak birthing times are in wet season when food sources are more abundant . Males have horns that measure anywhere between 18 and 37 inches long. They have evolved to have these horns to protect themselves from a large amount of predators such as Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and humans.
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