Black-backed Jackal ~ Namibia by ChrisCoombes

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The Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), also known as the Silver-backed or Red Jackal, is a species of jackal which inhabits two areas of the African continent separated by roughly 900 km. One region includes the southern-most tip of the continent including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The other area is along the eastern coastline, including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

This very healthy individual (due to its diet of nutritious fur seals) was wandering through the Cape Cross seal colony in Namibia.

Canon 40D with 50-500mm sigma lens


mammals, namibia, africa


  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks Kathy. They are nice looking animals, and very bold

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!

  • Thanks Maggie :)

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

  • cool, thanks Marella

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelabout 3 years ago

  • Nicole Besch
    Nicole Beschabout 3 years ago

    Great capture from this Jackal, I trave a lot too but never saw one so close!

  • They are nice looking animals. In Etosha they were within a couple of metres or less around the waterhole at night. Pretty cool to have a wild animal so close.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannover 2 years ago

    This one is on a mission. They’re handsome animals although they seem to get a bad press – this is a great capture Chris as are all your wildlife shots.

  • Yeah strolling through the middle of the seal colony, had to be on his toes i think. They certainly are, especially these healthy specimens. i think the seals they were no doubt eating made their coats nice and shiny! Thanks Roger

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 2 years ago

    November 19,2012

  • Cool, thanks so much Ann :)

    – ChrisCoombes

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