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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. Africa,Black-backed jackal,Canis mesomelas,Geotagged,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

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  1. What a great capture! It does look like a very sneaky creature. It almost looks as if it is looking back at you, keeping an eye on you just in case. I really like the blending of the color between the jackal and the grasses, too. He blends in very well. Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
    1. Thanks Travis. In fact, it never looked directly at us, even more sneaky! It was 100% aware though. Posted 7 years ago

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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.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Nov 18, 2013. Captured Sep 1, 2013 14:53 in B 144, Tanzania.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO450
  • 400mm