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Black-backed jackal yawning, close-up view

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Jackal yawning, side view, Tuli Block, Botswana Caption: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) yawning, close-up view, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Shutter Speed: 1/400; ISO: 400.

Location: The jackal picture on this page was taken at 5.20pm -- quite late in the day -- during an afternoon/evening game drive in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. The jackal was resting up in some shade under a tree and wasn't too concerned about a group of tourists in a safari vehicle. In fact, the way it yawned as we watched suggested it found us rather boring!

Mashatu, while not as famous as Botswana's flagship reserves (Moremi and Chobe), is nevertheless an accessible and reasonably affordable safari destination. The Tuli Block area, of which Mashatu forms part, offers some outstanding wildlife viewing.

Large herds of elephant can usually be seen, plus predators like lion, leopard, and cheetah that follow herds of impala, wildebeest and eland that migrate through.

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