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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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on The Ubiquitous Impala And Their Complexities

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Love impala alarm chuffs and their playful pronking. Q: is the female impala with horns still around?

I love your appreciation for the impala. I’m grateful for the reminder to connect with them. I certainly will, from a distance until February when I am able to see them up close again

Impalas are certainly the prettiest antelopes. The cutest ones are Steenbok, I think. I love seeing big herds of Impalas with their shining coat, three colors and their delicate legs. It is astonishing how high they can jump. And in their rutting season the males sound certainly ferocious. Interesting how they try to keep all the females together and how hard they try to chase them into the correct position. Very interesting animals indeed

It is very interesting to get to know more and more about an animal’s behaviour, I am in particularly as I work in this field. Every creature should be looked at with wonder and curiosity, like children do. In fact, children are the best to show the life of living creatures. This allows to open up animals apparently secret world, with their permission. Impalas haven’t changed throughout so many years because they are perfectly adapted to the environment they live in. I watched videos in which rams fought off a leopard and then a pair of wild dogs.also in the water, it wasn’t intimidated at all, by the wise use of his horns he defied his predators. Fantastic creatures. I particularly love the pictures of the young male, it’s a real portrait. Bravo Keagan!

Hi Keagan, I love the impala’s and here on the reserve we see them coming in between the houses, and we hear them blowing and the males rutting. They come right up to my veranda, where I put some pellets out for them to eat. I love it when the lambs are born and the mothers bring them to come and eat the grass and drink water here by us. The little males with the horns just starting to come out are so cute. I see them licking themselves, and then they lick each other as well.

It is true for those who have taken several safaris, that seeing impalas loses a bit of cachet when there are other fascinating animals to see. However, the additional information you presented here , revitalizes my interest in this both prolific and environmentally important antelope.

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