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Black-backed jackal feeding on remains of carcass

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black-backed jackal chewing on bone Caption: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) feeding on remains of impala carcass, 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: 1/200; ISO: 400.

Location: The jackal picture on this page was taken just after 5pm while on an afternoon/evening game drive in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. Our safari guide had earlier seen a jackal burying a bone under a tree and suspected this had been scavenged from a recent kill. He was spot-on with his reasoning and this led us to a cheetah and her sub-adult cub and, nearby, the remains of their impala kill on which this jackal and another were now feeding.

Mashatu Game Reserve, in the remote east of Botswana, is not as well-known as that country's Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta, but nevertheless offers compelling game viewing. Big 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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