Black-backed Jackal - Mammals

Black-backed Jackal - map of occurrence

Black-backed Jackal

Canis mesomelas

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 6-14kg (14-32lb)
Shoulder height: 40-50cm (1ft 4in -1ft 8in)
Lenght: 70-80cm (2ft 4in - 2ft 8in) + tail 30-35cm (12 - 14in)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 10 years
Gestation: 2 months, 2-6 pups
Voice: a distinctive, high-pitched, yelping bark
Identification fox-like in appearance, silver-black fur running from the back of the neck to the base of the tail, black tip to its tail
Range: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, SA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Habitat: savanna, open plains, light woodland and semi-desert

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The Black-backed Jackal usually lives together in pairs that last for life, but often hunts in packs to catch larger prey such as smaller antelopes. It is very territorial; each pair dominates a permanent territory. It is mainly nocturnal, but sometimes comes out in the day.
It is a versatile feeder, and will alter its diet according to availability or interspecific competition. It typically feeds on small to medium sized mammals , reptiles and birds. It will also scavenge on carrion and human refuse. Other food items include invertebrates, plants, fish, seals and beached marine mammals.

Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) - pair grass masai mara
Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) - pair grass masai maraBlack-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) - dead buffalo sunrise masai mara
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/500 s
stativ:Manfrotto Nature 190 + MA 322RC 2
location:Masai Mara, Kenya