Photographer's Note

Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers (8,600 sq miles) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan 4,760 square kilometers (1,840 sq miles) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.

The impala is a medium-sized African antelope. The common name impala comes from the Zulu language meaning "gazelle". They are found in savannas and tick bush-veld of Etosha National Park. They are usually close to water in the dry season, they can go weeks without drinking when they have access to green vegetation. Females and young form herds of up to two hundreds individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories.
The breeding season of impalas begins toward the end of the wet season in May. While young are usually born after 6-7 months, the mother has the ability to delay giving birth for an additional month if condition are harsh.
When giving birth, the female impala will isolate herself from the herd, despite numerous attempts by the male to keep her in his territory.

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