Black-backed jackal, silver-backed jackal
These nocturnal dogs tend to spend the day hidden in bush, emerging at dusk to hunt.
Black-backed jackals live for 12-14 years in captivity.
Body length: 65-106cm, Tail length: 30-35cm, Standing height: 45-50cm, Weight: 8-15kg.
Black-backed jackals have grey to silver, or reddish-brown fur, with a black saddle.
They range from Sudan to South Africa.
Black-backed jackals inhabit savannahs, bush and light forests.
They have a very broad diet, including small animals, fruit, berries and carrion.
Black-backed jackals live together in pairs, but often hunt in family troops.
They have a gestation period of nine weeks, after which they give birth to 3-6 pups. They weigh 200-250g at birth.
Black-backed jackals are prevalent and not threatened. Their enemies are humans, wolves and leopards.