The Jackal, once viewed as Anubis the Egyptian god of embalming & the underworld (who had a Jackals head on a mans body), and now as seen as a scavenger or a nuisance animal and is killed. In South Africa they are hunted for their fur and because they are seen as pests. But to me, the Jackal is another amazing predator that needs our protection.
The Jackal is a member of any of three (sometimes thought to be four) species of the family Canidae, found in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe.
The Four species are: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) *featured in this video.
Side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) Golden jackal (Canis aureus) & Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis)
These mate for life pairs, can also live in packs and have various social calls they make out to one another. Jackals are opportunistic omnivores and will eat young antelopes, reptiles, rodents, insects, birds, fruits, and even grass. But their popular image as scavengers has resulted in a negative public image, (also a false image people have of the hyena) and I hope this video will help put an end to that.
*All animal footage filmed 2008 in Kenya.
For more Jackal info:
Wildlife Direct
African Wildlife Foundation:
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