By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans
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In October 2016, photographer Ingo Gerlach ventured out into the Masai Mara before sunrise to capture animals outlined by the rising sun.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.