The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-backed Jackal

Afrikaans name: Rooijakkals

Black-backed Jackal crossing the road at Weenen Game Reserve

Black-backed Jackal in Weenen Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Canis mesomelas

Interesting facts about Black-backed Jackals

The Black-backed Jackal is found in two large areas of Africa but these areas are not linked. It is found in southern and eastern Africa.

These carnivores will either kill or scavenge for their food. They can be quite aggressive and persistent. They will tackle the calves of various antelope but will also eat things like insects. They often run into trouble with farmers who accuse them of tackling their livestock.

Black-backed Jackals are normally seen singly but sometimes may be found in pairs.

They prefer open grassland areas such as savanna or open woodland.

Pairs establish territories and they both mark and defend it. The female Black-backed Jackal gives birth to 1 to 6 pups with the normal amount being 3.

References and further reading

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 22

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 28

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 84

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 202

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 72

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 134

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 67

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 92

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 320

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 57

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 52

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 417

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 5

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 40

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 19

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 290

Kruger National Park, Visitors Map 1996 - Author: - Published: 1996 - Page: 5

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 106

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 30

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 108

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 71

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 232

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 124

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 152

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 124

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 29

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 44

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 71

A Field Guide to the Eastern Cape Coast - Author: R. Lubke, F. Gess & M. Bruton - Published: 1988 - Page: 307

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 41


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