By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans

A GROUP of male impalas are caught greeting the sunrise in Kenya

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Impalas are classified as a medium-sized antelope

In October 2016, photographer Ingo Gerlach ventured out into the Masai Mara before sunrise to capture animals outlined by the rising sun.

The graceful creatures can be found in the savanna and grasslands of eastern and southern Africa

He said: “The morning at the Masai Mara in Kenya was cold, very cold. I was on my way from the camp to the northern foothills of the Serengeti, called Masai Mara.

Photographer Ingo ventured out into the early morning cold to snap these beautiful sunrise silhouettes

“The roof of the safari vehicle was already raised, so the morning cold crawled unhindered into the vehicle interior. On the horizon, there was a first lilac light announcing the sunrise.

Impalas can leap distances of up to 33 feet - or ten metres - and can leap several metres into the air

“I wanted to find a motif which would be outlined by the red-hot sun behind it. Just in time I discovered a group of impala.”

Impala are a medium-sized antelope and can be found in the light woodlands and savanna of eastern and southern Africa.

Their agility and speed make them hard prey to catch once they start running

When food is abundant during the rainy season, impalas gather in herds up of several hundred to protect themselves from a host of predators, including leopards and jackals.

The wary impalas will let out an alarm cry to alert the herd of incoming predators

Impalas face daily threats from animals like lions on the savanna and will bark out an alarm to alert the entire herd to an incoming attack.

Gerlach added: “These characteristic animals of the African savanna were perfectly suited for the shoot. The impalas did me a favour and interacted more or less with the camera, just as if they knew they were being photographed.

The stunning shots were captured while Ingo Gerlach was in Kenya's Masai Mara

“After about 30 minutes, the shooting was over, because the sun had lost its red colour but I was more than satisfied with this sunrise.”

The herbivores can leap distances of up to 33 feet and often use these acrobatics to escape from predators by leaping over any obstacle they come across, making them difficult prey to catch once they start running.