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Africa is not only about the big animals (lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, etc.) but the small ones too. If you keep your eyes open you will see many interesting, smaller things that are just as fascinating, and sometimes even more so.

This is one of three Black-Backed Jackals we found on the Moreshwe Pan in the Khutse Game Reserve. They seemed to stick together and always stayed in the same territory, confirming what my field guide said about them. Notice how they blend into their surroundings.

This was taken at 500mm (750mm on the D100) and it was only after a couple of days that I was lucky enough to get this close to one. I like the detail in this pic, and the expression on the jackal's face. Hope you like it.

Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas):
Feeds on carrion, small mammals, birds, insects and wild fruit. Their lifespan is 13 years, and their main enemies are leopard and lion. They occur in most habitats, even the most arid areas, but they avoid well-watered areas. Black-backed jackals generally hunt and feed alone, but usually live in pars, establishing a territory for them. They have an acute sense of smell.

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