On an early morning safari in Kruger Park, we came across this very inquisitive little Black-backed Jackal pup.
He was very confident in approaching our vehicle to investigate. He walked around our vehicle and sniffed all the tyres, looked up at us in the vehicle, and showed no fear. His sibling however, seemed very nervous and did not come out of the grass.
I love these different sightings when out on safari. Everyone wants to see the big 5, but, in my opinion, these are the more special sightings. I mean, how can you not enjoy that cute little face!
In our area of operation in southern Kruger, we come across the Black-backed Jackal fairly regularly on early morning or late afternoon game drives. We are sometimes lucky enough to see the more elusive Side-striped Jackal.
The Black-backed Jackal is an opportunistic feeder, and will often be seen scavenging on the kills of other predators, along with hyenas. They are omnivores, and will feed on various invertebrates such as grasshoppers, scorpions, termites and spiders. They will also feed on rodents, birds and occasional fruits and berries. The upper limit on prey size are the smaller antelope such as duiker and steenbok. They have been nown to take larger animals that are injured in some way, making them vulnerable.
Jackals usually make their den in holes that other species such as warthog, have dug. Jackal are monogamous (mating with one partner), and usually have litters from 3 – 6 pups.
The pups become independant after 6-8 months.