Canis mesomelas (Black-backed jackal)

 rooijakkals, swartrugjakkals [Afrikaans];

Black-Backed Jackals are also known as: Silver-Backed Jackal

Late one afternoon we were driving around doing maintenance when we came across a herd of Kudu settling in for the night with a pack of Jackal all around.

Normally guests are very lucky with Jackal sightings and photo opportunities and on the odd occasion Jackal pups amuse them.

Jackals are adept at finding any source of food, including carrion. They are also skilled hunters of small birds, reptiles and mammals (e.g. small antelope) and readily eat insects and fruit. Jackals are regarded as wary and cunning and are extremely difficult to trap.