Black-backed jackal on Ngorongoro crater floor
We were very happy to spot this sneaky carnivore, it seemed to come out of nowhere, making good use of the grass on the Ngorongoro crater floor. Jackals are highly diverse in their diet. They do their own hunting on small mammals and reptiles, yet they also hunt in packs for small antelopes, and occasionally they still kills from big cats. And if all else fails, they even eat fruit.
The black-backed jackal is a canid native to two areas of Africa, separated by roughly 900 km.
One region includes the southernmost tip of the continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The other area is along the eastern coastline, including Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia.