The Jackal, Chobe National Park
The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) is a common, canine species endemic to the African continent. Pair bonds between adults are maintained for life, and together, a pair vigorously defends a territory of about 1 square mile. The species feeds on just about anything that it comes across, and will steal portions of lion or hyena kills. Despite being persecuted as a killer of livestock, the specie’s ability to feed opportunistically in a wide variety of habitats has allowed it to thrive in southern and eastern Africa.
This photo was taken in the Savuti region of Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Brian Healy Photography