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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby ice » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:14 am

here's a picture of the tail, looks you both were correct in assuming it's a BBJ

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:20 am

Great picture, Ice. It does look in good condition. Maybe it is just a colour variation, a bit of a genetic blip. We have seen pictures of lightening in other animals.
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Re: Black Backed Jackal

Unread postby moggiedog » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:23 pm

I may have missed this same question but I was wondering how common it is for BBJ's to attack Kudu?
The reason I am asking is a few years ago in Addo we watched a jackal attack a Kudu - the Kudu was not full grown but neither was it a a baby. In sheer exhaustion the two animals lay down next to each other - only to have the bbj again attack the Kudu when it stood up. We watched for a time and another three jackal joined the first one in attacking the young Kudu.
I do not know the outcome because they all disappeared behind a hill and some trees and bushes. It seemed like the Kudu tried to get in between a few ostriches that were in the area - perhaps hoping for some form of protection.
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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:14 pm

The first few kms of the H7 near Orpen produces regular Jackal sightings!
Also the s106 Rabaleis loop!

The open grasslands East and North of Satara always produces Jackal! :thumbs_up:

Jackal on the s90 NE of Satara
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Jackal on the s127 leading to Timbavati North of satara
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Jackal on H7 -
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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:18 pm

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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Where I live, I hear Jackal almost every night. I feel very priveledged.
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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:22 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby yoda » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:06 am

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:44 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:27 pm

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.

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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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby Canis Lupus » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:32 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:13 pm

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

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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby DASSIEDELIGHT » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:00 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby Aquilla » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:24 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:12 pm

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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Re: Jackals in Kruger??

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:57 am

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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