Black-backed Jackal

Canis mesomelas

The Black-backed jackal is a long-legged, medium-sized canid with a pointed, fox-like muzzle. Its long legs have fused bones in the forelimbs, making it an excellent runner and enabling it to maintain a slow trot of 12 to 16 km per hour for long periods of time. They live in a variety of habitats, ranging from arid coastal desert to woodland savannah.

DIET

They feed on a variety of prey such as gazelle, hares, rodents, birds, lizards, snakes, young ungulates, insects, fruit, berries, domestic livestock, and carrion.

FAST FACTS

Size: 18 – 35 inches
Weight: 13 – 26 lbs
Lifespan: 8 years in the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

LEAST CONCERNED