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Jackal Pair Relaxed but Watchful

Pair of black-backed jackals, Botswana Caption: A pair of black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) lying relaxed yet watchful on sandy, open ground, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.© Scotch Macaskill

Jackals live alone or in small groups, and pairs will often stay together for life. Despite a reputation as scavengers living off the remains of lion and leopard kills, jackals catch nearly all their own food so can survive in inhospitable areas, particularly as they eat anything from fruit through to insects and rodents.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (EOS Rebel XTi) digital; Lens: Canon EF 70-300 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 300mm; Aperture: F/5.6; Shutter Speed: 1/100; ISO: 400

Location:Mashatu Game Reserve is a private reserve situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in the east of Botswana.

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