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Impala in the Samburu Complex, Kenya

Impala group The Impala is a large antelope often seen in the parkland area beside the river.
The males (below) are easily recognised by their lyrate horns.
Each male fights for 'custody' of a group of females and their young.
Male impala

Dawn fight

During and just after the rainy season in East Africa, male impalas are territorial, and try to keep groups of females in their territories and keep other males out.
This fight at first light was between two rival males, each with small herds of females and young.
The winner took all.

Duncan's sketches of impala fighting
Impalas fighting
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