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Black-backed jackal standing, side-on view

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Jackal standing, side-on view Caption: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) standing side-on in rocky terrain, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 300D (Canon Digital Rebel); Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Aperture: f/8; Shutter Speed: 1/500; ISO: 400.

Location: The jackal picture above was taken around 7.30am while on our morning game drive during a visit to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Although it was the start of winter (May in southern hemisphere), the sun was already hot enough for the jackal to find a place in the shade.

Mashatu lies in the Tuli Block in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, bordering Zimbabwe (north) and South Africa in the south.

Although not as popular as a safari destination as Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, Mashatu boasts a diverse mix of vegetation and topography that is home to a good selection of wildlife.

Large herds of elephant are found in the area, plus big cats like lion, leopard, and cheetah that prey on large herds of impala, wildebeest and eland.

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