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Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:56 am

Side-striped jackal? Who has seen one in Kruger?
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Unread post by Loams » Tue May 24, 2005 3:14 pm

It's actually amazing that they are in SA almost only found in Kruger. Their habitat then goes through pretty much half of Swaziland and the onto the coast of KZN till about Richards bay/Ulundi.
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Unread post by SAHGCA-UCT » Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:50 pm

that looks like a bbj to me. SSJ have a white side stripe and while I know night viewing is tough (the only privalage I get is after call more 7pm) im sure the pronounced black stripe is typical of aged bbj. The back starts to get more grey and the definition between tan and black gets more I shall try demonstrate *google*


kinda like that but ive seen better examples...

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Unread post by graemy » Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:26 pm

These two seen on the 5th may 2006 on the S3 near Pretoriuskop.
Very low light in the early morning.
I thought they were BB jackals until Impisi08 pointed out that they are apparently Side striped jackals...
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Unread post by bokkie_ac » Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:40 pm

Saw 3 one morning outside Punda Maria. Managed to get a couple of pics before they ran off in to the long grass.


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Unread post by Mads » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:53 pm

Hi all,
Years ago I saw my first side stripe at Sunset dam. I have heard them around Talamati.

I had now twice sightings on night drives at L/ Sabie. I saw last year October one on a night drive at Lower Sabie. The guide (not one of the permanent ones, think he was a honarary ranger), identified it wrong. The tale is a dead give away.

Some of the tourists on this last night drive also argued and were confused and thought we saw black-backed jackal that looks scruffy. A dead give away is that the Side striped has a white tip on his tail while black-backed has a black tip.

I think more people see them and mistake them.
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Unread post by Jose » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:55 pm

Richprins wrote:Check the cam highlights for 23h30 on 5 June, and make up your own minds. Definitely SSJ in my opinion.

With you on SSJ! 8)
Bouf's post (in Sightings on Cam 05/06/07): Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:41 pm wrote:Image


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Unread post by Jose » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:11 pm

Lovely sighting!!! :mrgreen:

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And here's the link to the full trip report installment containing the pics. Brilliant! :D
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Jackal-Side striped

Unread post by Batmad » Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:49 pm

Side Striped Jackel- Canis Adustus

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This animal is a greyish colour but is distinguished by a whiteish stripe that spreads across its body.


In south africa it can only be found in kruger and from ther up it can only be found in mozambique etc.


Prefers well wooded areas that recieve alot of water.


This animal is nocturnal but can be seen in late afternoon and early morning. It is usually found single or in pairs but families can be found together.


This animal eats almost everything including fruits to small birds aswell as insects and small mammals such as mice and rats.


4-6 pups are born between August and January.
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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by Nannie » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:19 pm

On Friday,along the S50 about 25km out from Shingwedzi.Early morning,big rush to get the shot.

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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by Wholt » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:29 am


This guy was spotted on the Voortrekker road

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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by bornfree » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:56 am

What a beautiful little animal, and awesome pics. This is still very much on my wish list.

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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by patries » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:00 pm

We saw two side striped jackals close too Pretoriuskop.
Did not even know this, till somebody told me .... ahum :redface:

this is the picture I took...

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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:15 am

Great Sighting and pictures Patries :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Never had that luck to spot these jackals

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Re: Side-striped Jackal

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:41 pm

Saw a pair this weekend on S135 near Shingwedzi .
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