An impala (Aepyceros melampus) is a medium-sized African antelope. The name impala comes from the Zulu language meaning “gazelle”, while the scientific name comes from Greek αιπος aipos “high”, κερος ceros “horn” + melas “black” pous “foot”.

They are found in savannas and thick bushveld in Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, northeastern South Africa and Uganda. Impalas can be found in numbers of up to two million in Africa.