black back jackal


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Brown Hyena and Black-backed Jackal drinking together


My first black backed jackal! 

She originally came with a black felt lining, but it was glued on with elmers glue so I took that shit off and she’s just going to be a normal pelt. They’re much smaller than I imagined they’d be, and I’m really digging the big black stripe. 

Huuuuge shout out to @littlestwarrior for bringing this pelt to my attention and bidding on this for me since I don’t have an ebay account. I’m going to bring her to our meet and greet later this month and we can have a dead animal party. 

I’ve also named the jackal Alfredo like alfredo sauce because I’ve been in the mood for it lately.


I’ve been getting a few messages about the differences between the canines featured on this blog. Though I plan to make detailed pages of each species in the future, here’s a little info on each species.

Side-striped jackals (Canis adustus) are characterized by a white or silver marking running along their sides, as well as a long, white-tipped tail. They’re the larger of the two ‘true jackal’ species, and the most widely distributed of the two. They’re extremely shy creatures and primarily dwells in woodland and scrub areas opposed to their cousins on the open plains. Side-striped jackals eat less meat then their cousins, fruit accounting for nearly 30% of their diet in rural areas.

Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas), also known as silver-backed jackals, are the world’s oldest living canine species, dating back to the Pleistocene. Like side-striped jackals, black-backed jackals are monogamous and tend to live in small family groups. Though commonly depicted as scavengers, black backed jackals have been know to hunt larger prey such as impala and springbok. They also display sexual dimorphism, with male black-backed jackals having darker, more graphic saddles than females.

Though commonly referred to as the Golden jackal, Canis aureus is closer related to wolves. They are able to produce fertile hybrids with dogs, gray wolves, and African golden wolves, while the side-striped and black-backs can only breed with their respective species. This small but adaptable canine is found in Africa, Europe, and Asia with many various subspecies. They are commonly depicted in Indian and English folklore, including a golden jackal named Tabaqui from Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book.

The African golden wolf (Canis anthus) is the newest canine species to have been discovered. Golden wolves exist in a variety of shapes and sizes depending upon their environment, from the stalky Egyptian wolf subspecies, to the lean Serengeti wolf which greatly resembles coyotes and jackals. They were considered an African variation of the golden jackal until 2015, where a series of analyses on the species' DNA demonstrated that it was in fact distinct from the golden jackal.


Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) Accipitridae

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
January 16, 2015
Robert Niese

This massive eagle chased a bunch of Black-backed Jackal kits into their den under that termite mound. The eagle harassed them for a while longer before mom showed up to chase it away.

New cryptid animal time?

As I was breezing down the highway I passed an animal that looked at a glance to be a dead coyote, but as I came closer to it and looked out my window, it looked EXACTLY like a black backed jackal.

Big ears, distinct black back marking, overall foxy appearance and not at all like a domestic dog or a normal coyote.

The only problem with that ID is that this was in rural South Dakota. Not really the place you would find one, no zoo for three hundred miles, and they aren’t common exotic pets either so I doubt it was a pet that got out.

It had to have been a coydog of some sort but I’ve never seen a coydog or any dog for that matter with such a perfect black back marking just like a jackals, and not with a jackal face to match it too.

We already have cryptid animals like the shunka warakin (hyena like animal) and phantom kangaroos that pop up from time to time. Maybe we need to add jackals to the list.