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Introduction: The side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) superficially resembles its more well-known cousin, the black-backed jackal, mainly due to it having a white-tipped tail. It is also similar in size to the black-backed jackal, comparable to a medium dog. They hunt alone or in pairs, in a territory they defend. There snout is blunter and the ears shorter than the black-backed jackal, and they can usually be seen in pairs and family groups of up to 6. They favour well-wooded areas and flood-plains. Unlike the black-backed jackal, the side-striped jackal avoids open savannah grassland, favoring more thickly wooded countryside, but not in forest. Main peaks of activity appear to be just before sunrise and early in the night. Owl-like hoots and a series of explosive hoots are a part of the side-striped jackal’s varied vocal repertoire. They are active in the early morning and at night, especially if you happen to be having a braai in Caprivi! Distribution: It has... read more  Read More

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