Black-backed jackal sneaking on Ngorongoro crater floor
I took dozens of photos of this spotting of a Black-backed Jackal that seemed to appear out of thin air from the tall grass of the Ngorongoro crater floor. This, however, is my personal favorite. Somehow this pose expresses their sneaky and opportunistic nature. And an opportunist it is. It will scavenge, hunt alone, hunt in packs, or even eat fruits, whatever it takes to not go hungry.
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.