These two healthy Impala were part of a relatively large herd that I photographed near the Tarangire River in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. Tarangire is a beautiful place with valleys of tall savannah trees, lush undergrowth, and tall grass. It seemed a bit like the Garden of Eden.
We had briefly seen a leopard in the area, and the Impala herd was a little agitated and carefully keeping watch for the leopard. Shortly after taking this photograph, the leopard leapt out of the grass, quickly pounced on one of the Impala, and just a quickly, they both disappeared into the tall grass. The herd, scattered a bit, regrouped around the young, and waited for a minute before reluctantly moving away.
We quietly stayed in the area and watched for signs of the leopard. After about half an hour of waiting, we spotted the leopard in a large nearby tree resting after the kill. It was interesting to see how quickly all the animals reacted and likewise how quickly they relaxed and went back to normal.