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Black-faced Impala rams (22)
Jakkals Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Black-faced Impala rams in a bachelor group sparring near the Chudop waterhole in the Etosha National Park. The weather was overcast and cloudy.

Black-faced Impala
The Black-faced Impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) is a subspecies of the impala native to Angola and Namibia. It is not hard to tell it apart from common impala, being significantly larger with a black facial marking. It is also found in separate locations. While the species as whole is never endangered, this subspecies had come close to extinction.
In 1968 - 1971 310 individuals were transferred to Etosha National Park for better protection, and its number is steadily increasing. However, the current population is still less than 1,000 and interbreeding with the common impala from nearby farms is damaging to the gene pool. The rare black-faced impala survives in Etosha National Park and private farms in Namibia.

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Aepycerotinae
Genus: Aepyceros
Species: A. melampus
Subspecies: A. m. petersi

Trinomial name
Aepyceros melampus petersi
Bocage, 1879

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Jakkals Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
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