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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canidae, BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1, A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-21 13:34
Viewed: 4741
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)

The only place where you will find a black-backed jackal is in Africa. And one of the regions in Africa where it is quite comon is in South Africa.

The black-backed jackals are slender creatures, weighing 5 to 10 kg. Their sides, head and legs are a sandy tan to reddish gold in color. Their back has a saddle from head to tip of tail that is black and white mixed hairs. Often the edges of the saddle are framed in bright rust. They have a thick under coat for cold weather, which they shed in the spring.
Black-backed jackals are active both during the day and night. When active, this species is usually out searching/scavenging for food. Normal movement is at a trot; when hunting an individual walks slowly with its ears pricked and alert.

Although these jackals are the most abundant and widespread of the larger carnivores in sub-Saharan Africa, they have not attracted the attention of wildlife biologists and research funding bodies as much as their rarer neighbours- the lion, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs.

This is regrettable since many of the environmental management problems concern jackal, which, although not endangered, may have an impact on endangered species.

The success of the black backed jackals is greatly due to their highly adaptable nature. Their relatively small size, mobility, and lack of specialised food and habitat requirements mean that they can adapt to environmental change, which has decidedly affected the way they behave. Consequently, they have expanded their ranges into agricultural areas and urban habitats in some localities, and also increased or maintained stable population sizes while many carnivores of similar size or greater have succumbed to human pressures such as persecution, encroachment, and habitat loss.

Because of their migrations towards agricultural areas; if you mention black-backed jackals to a sheep farmer in South Africa, he would probably reach for his gun.

This would be the worst thing to do. Jackals are normally seen as being wary of humans and are not considered "aggressive" towards larger animals like sheep. But when one of them kills a sheep, farmers take their vengeance by killing all the jackals in sight. The farmer may kill the alpha-male, and this puts in motion an evil cycle during which both the farmer and jackal become worse off.

They are cunning creatures. Their senses are extremely acute and well-developed, especially their senses of hearing and smell. If startled, a jackal will retreat a certain distance and then circle back in a wide arc in order to interpret the scent of the disturbance. They spent many thousands of years becoming an efficient sub-predator, adapting to and learning from the top predators around them. . They tend to be territorial and will become aggressive only to defend the boundaries of their territories.

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Excellent shot, Gerhard and a very interesting note. I must say that I learn alot from your notes. That is what I find so enjoyable on TN.

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-09-21 13:50]

j'adore tes compos, les couleurs sont superbes comme d'habitude.
Il a l'air de poser pour toi, tu les payes combiens?
Je vais demander à Adam qu'il mette un code de déontologie interdisant de payer les animaux pour qu'ils posent pour les photographes.
Vraiment vous avez de la chance d'habiter un pays avec une faune assi riche, je suis jaloux à chaque photo.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-21 13:51]

Hermoso ejemplar Gerhard.
Bellos colores en composicion con el entorno.
Buena nitidez y excelente encuadre.
Excelente el contenido de tu nota.

Beautiful exemplar Gerhard.
Beautiful colors in composition with the surroundings.
Good clearness and excellent frame.
Excellent the content of your note.

Gerhard, You always seem to post some of the coolest mammals. This Jackel reminds of the wolf for its cunning & "smarts". The photo itself has excellent composition with the Jackel framed by the timber & rocks for a nice effect. Most excellent & informative notes. Great presentation!!!

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  • gbac Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 8] (76)
  • [2004-09-21 14:39]

Great note and excellent shot, it's funny to see the ears of the jackal in alert.
Well-done Gerhard

Outstanding note for a very good photo. This kept my atention and had a good time with it. Thanks.

What a story :-)
Great picture with very good colours and composition, I think that you over sharpened it a little bit.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-21 15:14]

Progtig. We have these guys here by me too. They are quite often teasing my dogs as they are fully aware that my dogs will not attempt to get through the electrified fence around my property. All harmless fun and I think the dogs enjoys the excitement. There are few sound that are as Proudly African as that of the Jackal and Lion at night and the Fisheagle during the day. Thankd for the very informative note/image combo.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-21 15:33]

Ek het nie tyd nie, maar die is wragtig pragtig. Mooi gedoen. lyk na Kalahari grond!
Groetnis tot later, Gerhard

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-21 15:41]

It's a beaut Gerhard, nice relaxed pose and I like the feeling of warmth from the earthy tones and the light. Good work and excellent note.

Excellent picture and very interesting read Gerhard. Good stuff.

On dirait que tu as apprivoisé toute la région. En tout cas rien à redire de cette photos qui d'excellente facture. Merci. Rudy.

A cute jackal?? Well, yes, I think I'll call this chap cute ;-) Focus is spot on, colours are good, and I like his alert look. It seems all antennas are out, the eyes scanning to the front, the ears keeping track of what's behind.

Gerhard, great notes and I like the conservation angle. the pose is great , but the white on the legs is a little over exposed but in your lighting conditions it must be very hard to avoid. overall it is a good image.

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