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When you are an impala in Botswana, november is the right time for giving birth. It is the beginning of the rainy season and grasses and leaves start growing again.
Did you know that impala mothers can postpone the birth date for several weeks ? So, they wait for the first rains and then, almost all together within a few days, they give birth.
The offsprings can stand on their legs within minutes but remain concealed for a few days while their mother is on guard. Then she brings them to the herd where they associate with other newborns in crèches, only seeking their mother to nurse.
In suitable habitat - they like open woodland and nearby grassland on well drained soil - impalas are abundant. They should be, for they are prey for all bigger predators.

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