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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:18 pm 
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I have not seen Jackal that often in Kruger.

Most of my sightings have been close to Orpen.

This was, I hope, a side striped Jackal close to Pretorius Kop. Note the tip of white on the tail.

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my first excited moment.

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Where I live, I hear Jackal almost every night. I feel very priveledged.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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There is a relatively high concentration of predators in the south and they have to compete at the bottom of this chain Jackyr.

Most latter day sightings are not far south of the H7 and north of it from my experience and others.

If you are 'into' jackals, Oddessy & DuQues are correct. Go to KTP. There are enough easy sightings to satisfy their biggest fan.

Also the best cheetah sightings anywhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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Jackyr wrote:
How often do you see jackals in KNP?? I go up a few times a year, and we haven't seen hide nor hair of a jackal for a good 15 years!!

Is it just me being unlucky, or has there been a decrease in numbers??


I have to agree. Haven't seen a Jackal in Kruger in a long time.


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When working in Kruger, I rarely saw jackals anywhere other than the S28, but definitely lots of sightings- a few side-striped too :)


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bambazonke wrote:
Hi all

usually see jackals every trip but last one (Nov/Dec 2011), only saw one a way off around LS area, but I did notice there seem to be many more hyenas in the area (?), population explosion because of fewer lions. However, once up at Satara plenty to be seen (lots of pairs), also saw lions (lots) but not that many hyenas. Also noticed lots more Steenbok than usual.

Perhaps it is luck of the draw.

True, true!
Plenty Jackal, Steenbokkies and lions around Satara! That is their sort of habitat :D
Interestingly, I have struggled to see hyena in the Kruger in general.
However we had plenty of hyena sightings in December around satara :D
around the fene at camp
in the drainage pipe on the H6 East of Satara
on the S39 going to Timbavati West of Satara
At the Nyamarhi waterhole North of Satara.

I suppose I just had my hyena luck recently 8) And I think that is the case with Jackal sightings too! They are common sightings on the H7, S106, s127, s90, H1-4 :thumbs_up:

Can't recall Jackal sightings in the South or the North :hmz:

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We used to see lots of Jackal at the Orpen/Tamboti area about 10 years ago. There was a family and one of the regulars had only one eye and he was quite tame. I also haven't seen Jackal in Kruger for years.

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Just spent a week up at Pafuri. 15 jackals in nine sightings, all black-backed.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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Hi Jackyr

I love jackals - they are so wily. I have seen both Black-backed and Side-striped Jackals in Kruger but never more than 1 or 2 at a time. Usually rounding a corner there is one running ahead in the road but they always vanish quickly. I think you are more likely to see them if there is as lion kill as they are the 'hangers on' waiting to dash in for a bit.
It is true that in KTP they much more in evidence especially at Nossob waterhole. We sat in the hide the first evening watching 4 of them catching big moths under the flood lights. The second evening we got back from our drive and could hear them making a racket. When we got to the hide they were giving 2 leopards a hard time and finally drove them off!

I can't get enough jackals and also hyenas which I also rarely see in KNP. Not that I am complaining because as far as I am concerned I love everything I am lucky enough to see - big or small! It is all part of the experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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Jackals, like Wild Dog do far better in dryer years. Wild Dog populations are directly influenced by wet and dry weather. As we are going through a wet period, numbers in the whols park are around the 200 mark.

I once saw 32 different Jackal populations on a single drive from Phalaborwa to Letaba around 2004 I think. We have created a Super Jackal; he wont disappear i assure you.


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Black-backed jackals are either very common, or at least commonly seen early morning and late afternoon, along the H1-8 between the two sets of (hideously ugly!) power lines.

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In Feb I saw a healthy family of skittish BB jackals on the S35 before it links with the S37. :D
Also had the same 2 jackal in the long grass of the H10. :D

It seems to me that they do not favor the South. Which is why many of the posters are saying they are rare. :thumbs_up:

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I've seen quite a few over the years, all between Orpen and Satara.

My best ever sighting was in December 2010 very close to Orpen Gate where a Blue Wildebeest was giving birth. I have no idea if the jackal managed to get her calf because they moved off into the bushes. We counted 6 of them. While some were after her, others went after some of the young calves in the group. All this in very heavy rainfall.


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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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Hey Guinea Pig that really is a fantastic sighting..thanx for posting the pics!! :thumbs_up:

As mentioned here on this thread Jackal do better in the dry periods. Around 2000 there was a big collapse in the population. There never has been the same Jackal viewing since then. I remember in the 80's and 90's seeing 10 Jackals a day with no problem. Nowadays you are lucky to see more than a few in a trip and mostly around the open areas around the central parts of Kruger (Orpen/Satara) as well as around Lower Sabi, where previosuly you would find them in good numbers almost everywhere.

I have also heard reasons for their decline having to do with a disease affecting burrowing animals from some years back although admitedly only heard this from one source. Its also been mentioned that Kruger is bushing over in some of the open areas and this together with long grass of particularly wet years, makes them more susceptible to predation.

In the Sabi Sands, there were only 2 resident black backed Jackals in a large proportion (some 30 000ha) in 2006 until they had 4 babies. I think since then there has been an increase in number in the Sabi Sands and its probably a similar trend for parts of Kruger.

What I have noticed in the last 10 years though is that Side Striped Jackals are quite common these days and apart from there being lots in the Sabi Sands, I have seen them around the open area to north of Satara (7 youngsters) and a den with 6 jackals to the north of Letaba. I have also seen them in the open areas around north of Shingwedzi.

But if you want to see jackals now in Kruger...you will be luckiest in August to beginning of november around Satara area especially if there is a kill.

Good luck :thumbs_up:

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