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Black-backed jackals are a widely distributed species that are known for their cunning and daring. They are often seen nipping in to steal a morsel from Lions on a kill. Mainly nocturnal but seen regularly during the day, this handsome animal has a call to remember. The Black-backed Jackal feeds on small mammals, reptiles, birds, eggs, carrion, and fruit. They do scavenge but are hunters in their own right. As an omnivore, it eats almost anything that is available including insects, lizards, rodents, plant materials, and carrion. As such it assists in maintaining the ecological balance. It scavenges when carcasses are available. They co-operate in larger groups to subdue larger prey, such as impala and wildebeest calves. They play an important role in removing sick and old animals from populations.
Info source URL: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_black-backed_jackal.html
Photo capture date & Location: 2020-02 Bushtime at Mabula

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