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Black-Faced Impala

Black-faced impala in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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  • ["Mopane and acacia woodland are their favourite stomping grounds."]

Impala are fiercely territorial animals and do not often venture into new areas or migrate.

During the 1970’s a number of black faced impala where captured in the Kunene region of Namibia and released at Ombika, Halali and Namutoni after a period of quarantine. This is where they are still found today. A few of these once endangered antelope have since been returned to conservancies near Kunene where they have been placed in the custody of interested locals.

Mopane and acacia woodland are their favourite stomping grounds where they remain among the trees, avoiding crossing large open areas or venturing on to the plains. The black-faced impala is a particularly good-looking antelope with its distinctive black blaze and graceful form and is a favourite species for photographers.

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