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The Black-backed Jackal, 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. Although the most lightly built of jackals, it is the most aggressive, having been observed to singly kill animals many times its own size.
Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 320
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