Black-backed Jackal [Canis mesomelas]
Best places to see Black-backed Jackal in Botswana
Common in most parks and reserves in Botswana but specifically prevalent in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Black-backed Jackal, or Silver-backed Jackal as it is known in places, is one of the hardiest creatures of Africa, surviving in a wide range of habitats from arid desert to Delta.
One of Africa's most amazing sounds is the call of the Black-backed Jackal, usually shattering the air around sunset, and it is no more dramatic than in the valleys of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
. Referred to as the Cry of the Kalahari, the call carries across the wilderness, and often a chorus breaks out when other males join in.
The Black-backed Jackal is an opportunistic feeder, often seen around carcasses and kills, and is often observed slipping in and stealing a morsel from a lion
kill while the pride is still eating. Although small in comparison to other predators, the Black-backed Jackal is known to stand its ground against other predators such as hyena and leopard
. In fact during my personal observations I have seen two jackals actually driving a cheetah
off a kill and take over.