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Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby antone » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:14 am

On Tuesday 15 September whilst at Rooidam at Addo I observed a male black backed jackal being approached by a very subservient jackal which from a distance appeared to be hairless, a uniform greyish colour and a long scrawny tail. Can someone explain this to me?
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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:51 am

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MANGE! Have seen similar hairless jackal at Hapoor. Apparantly quite common in Addo.

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:37 am

Dear Antone

They are sick ! ( Irritating skin ) They itch all the time and need to scratch the whole time.
They eventually die of this. Later it becomes so bad that they cannot even search for food. ( They scratch to much )

Hope I was of any help !!

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby antone » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:18 pm

Thanks very much. Horrible way to die!!
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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:09 pm

Your welcome ! Yes, Anton it is very sad. Every time we visit Addo we see them.

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby Hippotragus » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:57 am

Have I missed something??

Is Addo now located in the Kgalagadi or Richtersveld? If not, maybe the mods can sort this out.

Very interesting topic, by the way, wherever Addo is!! Always something to discover/learn where animals are concerned.
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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:51 am

Hippotragus Addo Elephant Park is in the Eastern Cape. 60 km from Port Elizabeth. A must visit if you have not been there.

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby Hippotragus » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:41 am

Thanks MarilizeB - even though I haven't been there, I know very well where Addo is situated. That is why I was (I hope humorously) questioning why the topic was placed in the Arid Parks section of the Forum, which covers Kgalagadi, Augrabies, Richtersveld etc. rather than the Frontier Parks section, which covers Addo and other parks in that area.

Still an interesting topic.
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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:53 am

Hippotragus :redface: Oh ! :lol:

I think antone made a small mistake .... :lol:

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby HoepHoep » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:40 am

Not a pretty sight. Addo July 2006 near Hapoor.

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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:48 am

HoepHoep that is bad !! !! I have never seen them this bad !! !!

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby droopy » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:06 am

not a very nice sight to see!
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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby HoepHoep » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:10 am

Hi MarilizeB

It was on our first visit to Addo and I thought we discovered a "new kind of animal."
Apparently they get it from the nearby domestic animals. The jackals don't have to many enemies in Addo, so this is a natural way of population control, but surely not a nice way.
We have experienced a dramatic increase in jackal sightings between 2006 and 2009, but I don't mind, I found them amazing to watch. On our last trip we saw 5 together catching flying ants.
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My latest trip report to Addo during June 2009:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby MarilizeB » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:37 am

I thought we discovered a "new kind of animal."

HA HA, Thank you for making me laugh today !

Hoephoep, we have also seen so many jackals. I think on every visit we count about 4. ( We visit addo at least twice a month ) I love it when they look for food under elephant dung? They lift it with one front leg and then they eat the dungbeetles. They go from the one dung to the next dung. Very nice to see them to this.

Yes, I have heard that they get it from Dogs that enter the park.

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Re: Addo Black Backed Jackals

Unread postby GavinW » Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:21 pm

We saw this guy when we were in Addo in August. At first we didn't even recognise it as a BBJ

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