Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) Mombo area, Chief's Island.
Okavango Delta. BOTSWANA. Southern Africa.
HABITAT: The prefer open grassland or light woodland. Nocturnal and diurnal. They weigh about 8kg's with a shoulder height of 38 cm. They are omnivorous and eat a wide range of foods including carrion, grass, fruit, seed, berries and any living thing they can kill, ie: young antelope, reptiles, insects, small mammals and birds.
Their main predators are: Lions, leopard and hyaena but birds of prey and python will also take the jackal's pups.