im·​pa·​la | \ im-ˈpa-lə How to pronounce impala (audio) , -ˈpä- How to pronounce impala (audio) \
plural impalas or impala

Definition of impala

: a large brownish antelope (Aepyceros melampus) of southeastern Africa that in the male has slender curved horns with ridges

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A swift-running, graceful antelope, the impala is found in large herds, usually near water, on the savannas and open woodlands of central and southern Africa. Impalas are noted for their jumping ability: when alarmed, they bound off in leaps up to 30 ft (9m) long and 10 ft (3m) high. Lightly built, the impala stands 30-40 in (75-100 cm) high at the shoulder. It has a golden to reddish brown coat, white underparts, a vertical black stripe on each thigh, and a black tuft behind each hind foot. The male has long, lyre-shaped horns.

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No rancher likes to think of their cows sharing space with a lion, or even an impala. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together," 13 Aug. 2019 First came the herbivores: elephants, impalas, buffaloes, and more. The Christian Science Monitor, "The green grass grows all around," 9 Aug. 2019 The entire Akagera National Park was snared, steel traps taking down anything and everything in their path: impala, hippo, and the park’s few remaining elephants. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rwanda Just Pulled Off the Largest Transport of Rhinos From Europe to Africa," 26 June 2019 Enjoy three days on safari here, looking for big cats, giraffes, oryx, rare black-faced impalas, and endemic birds like the bare-cheeked babbler. National Geographic, "Namibia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Herds of zebra and impala and kudu, springbok and steenbok and oryx graze on carpets of desert grasses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Lions, giraffes, hippopotamus, and impalas are also fairly common, while rhinoceros and cheetahs are decidedly more rare to spot. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Fischer compiled photos of the animals the pair had hunted, which included a leopard, giraffe, impala and waterbuck, and sent the images along with descriptions of each kill to more than 100 people, KBOI reported. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "‘I shot a whole family of baboons’: Idaho Fish and Game official faces fury after Africa trophy hunting boasts," 16 Oct. 2018 So another effort at South Africa's Welgevonden Game Reserve has tried a different sort of IoT approach, tracking the behavior of other herd animals (such as zebras, impalas and gazelles). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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