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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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A very light colored one at Nossob last week on the 2nd.

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:clap: great shots cptphotographer 8)

Very interesting Nannie :thumbs_up: One for visitors to look out for when at Nossob. Very pretty colours.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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On the S90 in Kruger on 1 January 2014


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Great sightings and wonderful stories!!

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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What a lovely pic PJL! :clap: :clap: Very cute, and not something one often sees.

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Very special and very cute!!

Thank you for sharing!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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Hi Gunner,

Are those not side-striped jackal? (Have a look at the distinct white tip of the tail.)


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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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Definitely look like side striped to me as well!
Ears are usually more rounded as well.

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