Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
It is also known as the silver-backed or red jackal, and is a species of jackal which inhabits two areas of the African continent separated by roughly 900 km.
One region includes the southern-most tip of the continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The other area is along the eastern coastline, including Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia.
It is the oldest extant member of the genus Canis. In other words it’s one old dog…. Although the most lightly built of jackals, it is the most aggressive, having been observed to singly kill animals many times its own size, and its intra-pack relationships are more quarrelsome.
Black-backed jackals are small, fox-like canids and are the smallest of the three species called jackal. They measure 30–48 cm (12–19 in) in shoulder height and 60–90 cm (24–35 in) in length. The tail measures 26–40 cm (10–16 in) in length. Male jackals weigh 6.8-9.5 kg (15-21 lb.), while females weigh 5.4–10 kg (12-22 lb.).
Jackals usually den in holes made by other species, though they will occasionally dig their own; females will dig tunnels 1–2 metres in depth with a 1-metre-wide entrance. Black-backed jackals are monogamous and territorial animals, and with the assistance of the elder offspring, the pups are raised. This has a greater bearing on pup survival. During the mating season, they become increasingly more vocal and territorial, with dominant animals preventing same family subordinates from mating through constant harassment.
Why those ears are bigger than mine!………….lol
Bigger than mine too…
What a scary face!!!!
Oh my goodness, what an expressive face he has. Love the captions, and your photos are stunning as per usual. 🙂
thank you so much… you are too kind to me with your complements…
I want to comment, but I can’t stop laughing 😀
Keep on laughing … that makes my day…
A beautiful animal, even whilst pooping! 😉
Thank you… it is a cute little animal with a lot of character..
As they say, “If looks could kill” that 3rd shot would have us all slumped over our keyboards. Amazing shots, wow!
Thank you.. a cheeky little fellow… actually seen one trying to steel food from a lion…
attitude is everything!
powerful eyes..probably observing everything around…
a very wide awake little fellow…
I was going to say – looks like a fox ~ but then read on! Great shots you managed… They look mischievous! I’d be a bit apprehensive if I met up with one I think ~ 🙂 Love to you ~ R
They are fairly cheeky but will not attack you… just look like they might…
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Thank you… one must capture nature in all it’s moods…
WOW! What a looking eyes, 🙂 Well captured. Thanks and Love, nia
The ears are just a bit bigger, but these jackals look a lot like our coyotes. Thanks for an interesting post.
I would not be surprised if they were family…
aren’t they tiny, and wonderfully sneaky.. c
That they are… thanks..