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Hunting pair Often seen near fresh kills or carcass, jackals are widely considered scavengers. However, living as pairs, jackals are very efficient hunters and can easily bring down gazelle or impala calves and sometimes even adult antelopes. Black-backed jackal,Canis mesomelas,Geotagged,Kenya Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Hunting pair

Often seen near fresh kills or carcass, jackals are widely considered scavengers. However, living as pairs, jackals are very efficient hunters and can easily bring down gazelle or impala calves and sometimes even adult antelopes.

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  1. Very interesting behavior, did not know that they actively hunt. Posted 6 years ago
    1. They trick the mother gazelle and make her leave the calf behind. They are extremely brave animals. I've seen them chasing off an adult male lion away from their den in Botswana : ) Posted 6 years ago
      1. Interesting, we saw a similar thing in Tanzania:

        Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 1 Ngorongoro crater is a closed ecosystem with a vast flat landscape. The flatness creates a stressful dynamic between herbivores and carnivores. However, we were "lucky" to also see the dynamics between carnivores. Whilst Lions may be on top of the food chain, their kills are very easily detected in the Ngorongoro crater. As a result, these kings have to deal with thieves all the time. <br />
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This photo shows the start of the attempt. Three lions, one standing, are feeding on a fresh kill. The first jackals appear to test and distract the lions away from the prey. Occasionally the lion attacks, but they keep coming back. In the foreground are Hyenas laying down. They're waiting for more troops to arrive. More soon... Africa,Geotagged,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania
        Posted 6 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 burak_dogansoysal
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Uploaded Jan 2, 2015. Captured Sep 22, 2009 17:10 in Maasai Mara National Reserve, C12, Kenya.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/7.1
  • 1/400s
  • ISO200
  • 700mm