By Hannah Crouch
A PHOTOGRAPHER captured one of the oldest rivalries in the animal kingdom as a pair of lions went head to head with a pack of hungry hyenas.
Snapped in the heart of the Masai Mara, south Kenya, the pictures give an insight into the day-to-day battles between Africa’s most deadly predators.
A German photographer has mangaged to capture the dramatic moment a pack of hyenas to head-to-head with two lions
German photographer Ingo Gerlach took the powerful images while on safari in the iconic game reserve in August 2015, witnessing first hand the good and bad side of nature.
While travelling through the park, the experienced photographer was alerted to the sound of roars and growls.
He said: “I could hear roaring from afar but I didn’t know the reason for the noise. After crossing a small hill with my off road-vehicle I found the source of all the noise.
“I noticed a dead zebra with two lions standing by it surrounded by numerous howling and shrieking hyenas.”
After picking up the scent of the zebra the hyenas – known for being prolific scavengers – surrounded the lions hoping to use their considerable numbers to intimidate them away from the kill.
But despite their numerical advantage the hyenas struggled to steal the kill away from the pair of lions.
Ingo said: “The lioness and a hyena were in front of my vehicle. The lioness’ facial expression was completely indifferent to the hyenas’ attack, however you could see the fear and horror on the face of the hyena.”