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Golden Jackal at Gir Forest

Golden Jackal at Gir Forest
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon AF-S DX 55-300 mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-24 8:29
Viewed: 7200
Points: 12
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Shot this Golden Jackal when it was relaxing after having Ber fruits (Ziziphus mauritiana) lying on the ground at Gir Forest.


Golden Jackal are 70- 85 cm long and weigh around 8 -10 kg. They are golden yellowish in colour with a reddish tail having a black tip. The tail itself measures upto 9 -14 inches. It has white mark on its throat and the back of the ears is darker in colour. Males are usually larger than the females.

Presence in India : Golden Jackal are found in Gir forest, Kutch , Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Habitat : Golden Jackal are found in the variety of habitats. They are mostly spotted in the semi- desert, evergreen forests, savannas and agricultural areas.

Diet : Golden Jackal are omnivorous. They feed on small mammals, insects, hares, fish, birds and fruits.

Reproduction : Gestation period rests for nine weeks. Females give birth to 3-6 pubs. During pregancy males go out in search of food and the females rest at home. They weigh around 200 -250 g at birth. They open their eyes in about ten days. They are weaned in 4- 6 weeks. The females are sexually mature than in less than a year, the males closer to the two years.

Conservation status : Not threatened

Lifespan : Golden Jackal lives upto 14-16 years of age.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-24 8:38]

Hello Subhash,
Very nice photo of this Jackal in good sharpness, details and an excellent composition. The BG is a bit noisy, but the DOF is good. Beautiful natural colours.

Nobody can fault you for anything on this one Subhash. The pose makes it wonderful and the glint in it's eye adds a flavor. Good colorizations as Asbed says. They are common or not in this area?

hello Subhash

the Golden Jackal on your photo it is a very
beautiful wild animal, i love the way he is
sit and the expression of his glance, photo shot
with very fine POV and framing, lucky you
are Subhash to view admire and photograph
such a beautiful wild animal in the nature, TFS


Hi Subhash,
This is nice. Great pose from the jackel, nicely composed with lots of room in front of its face. The background seems a bit grainy however.

Dear Subhashjee,

I Like this nice perfect picture.


Hi Subhash, this is a beautiful shot of the jackael. Wonderful capture. Regards, Bill

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