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Introduction: The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) gets its name from the broad, dark saddle which exists on the upper parts of the body. Although the black-backed jackal is an efficient hunter, it relies heavily on scavenging for its food supply. Jackals will often be found around campsites searching for scraps and unattended food. It is common for shoes left outside of tents and bungalows in Etosha National Park to go missing during the night, and jackals are generally the culprits. Distribution: Jackals are common throughout Namibia, including the Namib Desert. They are not so common in the extreme north-east of the country. Diet: - Carrion is high on the menu for this master scavenger, but they also survive on insects, birds, rodents and occasionally small antelope. They are also known to kill the young of sheep and goats. Coloring: Other than the broad, dark saddle on its back, it has other distinguishing features that set it aside form its close relative, ... read more  Read More

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