17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A black-backed jackal at Ngorongoro Crater

In Tanzania, we spotted black-backed jackals in both Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. These jackals are native to two areas of Africa separated by more than 500 miles – the eastern coastline and the southernmost tip. A black-backed jackal looks similar to a fox with a reddish coat and a black saddle extending from its shoulder to its tail. It feeds on plants and small and medium-sized animals. In fact, we observed one feeding on a large rat which was quite a sight.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Tanzania
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © G J