Sounds & Calls

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Small herd of Impala (Aepyceros melampus) alert and watching a Spotted Hyena walking nearby.

The Impala (Aepyceros melampus) is a species of antelope found in woodlands and wooded savannas in southern and east Africa. Impala are an important prey species for many of Africa’s carnivores.

What does an Impala sound like? Impala make an explosive ‘chuff’ alarm bark when they sense a predator is nearby. Rutting male Impala make a variety of roars, grunts and snorting calls which sound more like a predator than a dainty antelope! During the noisy rut these vocal sounds are often accompanied by the sound of clashing horns as the males battle for territory and females.

Listen to some examples of Impala calls below.