Named for the broad, dark saddle on the upper body, which
extends from the neck to the base of the tail, the Black-Backed
Jackal is a nocturnal scavenger, although they also kill
for themselves and prey on small mammals and birds.
The black-backed jackal is known for its habit of trailing
lions and other carnivores when a kill is made: up to 10
jackals will keep a distance until the big predators have
had their fill from the carcass. They also dine on newborn
buck, springhares, mongooses, mice, rats, lizards and insects.
The black-backed jackal is known as a wary and cunning animal.
They are one of the few mammalian species with a long term
pair bond. From 5 to 7 young are born, in holes in the ground,
which are very often disused aardvark burrows adjusted to
suit their needs.