Kruger Park Mammals - Black Backed Jackal

The Black Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), sometimes called the Silver Backed Jackal, is one of the more common smaller predators in the park. They can weigh up to 15 kilograms and live up to 12 years.

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The Black Backed Jackal occurs almost all over the park, in various habitats, but is most common from the Lower Sabie area to the open areas of Satara and further towards Letaba. They can often be seen on night drives and there call is one of the most magnificent sounds of the South African bushveld.

More Information On Kruger's Black Backed Jackal

Black Backed Jackals are opportunistic scavengers and predators, and will steal kills made by Leopards and Cheetah regularly by mobbing them in pairs or families. In the Kruger they hunt more than they scavenge and will feed on insects, other predators, small antelope and even Impala and young Kudu. Black Backed Jackals are active throughout the day but are predominately crepuscular and nocturnal. These Jackals have known to prey on the rare Oribi that occur in the park.

Kruger Park Black Backed Jackal Gallery

Blacked Back Jackal in the Phabeni area