Do you know ?

12 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Do you know ?

•    There are three species of jackal. There's the black-backed jackal, the golden or common jackal and the side-striped jackal. All three species are about the size of domestic dogs. They grow to 27 to 33 inches (70 to 85 centimeters) shoulder to rump, with a tail length of about 10 inches (25 cm).

•    Jackals vary in size and color depending on species, however, they generally measure 38-51 centimeters (15-20 inches) high at the shoulder, have a body length of 70-86 centimeters (27-34 inches) and weigh between 7-16 kilograms (15-35 pounds).

•    Body of jackal is covered with golden, rust or silver-colored black fur. Jackals have bushy tail.

•    With their long legs and curved canine teeth, they are well adapted for hunting, and their large feet and fused leg bones give them a physique well-suited for long-distance running, capable of maintaining speeds of 16 km/h (9.9 mph) for extended periods of time.

•    They are mostly nocturnal animals that usually conceal themselves by day in brush or thickets and sally forth at dusk to hunt.

•    Jackals can best be described as opportunistic omnivores. They hunt small mammals, bird, reptiles and amphibians, scavenge from kills made by larger animals, and will eat insects, fruit and plants.

•    Jackals are very vocal and communicate with each other using a loud yell or yap, growls and high pitched howls, particularly when a prey is located.