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Hierarchy of impala

29 April 2016

 

The existence of territorial organization among impalas has been doubted in the past - mainly because a male only holds a territory for a few weeks at a time. This takes place mostly during mating season when males fight among each other by means of horn duels to achieve dominance. The dominant male then mates with the females and also defends his territory and females from other challengers. This frantic activity tires the dominant male and makes him lose weight. During this time, another male will challenge him and take over the ranks whereas the previous dominant male must return to the bachelor group to recuperate. Throughout the rest of the year, mixed herds are formed and males and females are free to associate with one another... (Become a subscriber for more)

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