Impala herd on burned grassland

Title Info
Common name Impala
Scientific name Aepyceros melampus
Taxonomic group Bovidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical grassland
Nutrient cycles Carbon
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Change over time Disturbance
Disturbance Fire ecology
Behavior Territorial; Mating; Social
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Keywords Tribe Alcelaphini
Date August 06, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Impala herd on ecotone between recently burned grassland and woodland, Tanzania. Mature impala males are territorial, and they attract herds of females and young to their territories. These herds often contain 6-20 impala, although herds can contain a hundred individuals. Impala often feed on the ecotone (edge) between grassland and woodland. This group is right along the edge between a grassy patch that was recently burned by park managers and a shrubby savanna patch. Since impala both graze grasses and browse leaves from woody plants, this is a good location for them. The territorial male is the individual on the right of the herd.