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Black-backed jackal

Canis mesomelas


Small, foxlike canids which measure 38–48 cm in shoulder height and 68-74.5 cm in length. The general colour is reddish-brown to tan, the back is intermixed with silver and black hairs, while the underparts are white.


Open and arid habitats, though preferring areas with scattered brush


I believe the 4th shot shows their den. There were 3 of them and they kept disappearing under this bush.

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RachaelB 11 years ago

Will do Berndt - do you have a link to your mission?

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

awesome spot! only saw two together once, but was too far to photograph. Stunning!

RachaelB 11 years ago

Thanks letermagog - I got a lot of practice in Africa :-)

Ietermagog 11 years ago

You really take great pics!

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Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 22, 2012
Submitted on Feb 12, 2012

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