oa African Zoology - Food of the black-backed jackal: a preliminary report

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The black-backed jackal Canis mesomelas has long been known to include a wide range of food items in its normal diet, but the extent of this variation and the nature of the prey species have received only scant attention. A knowledge of the animal's food habits is essential to a study of its ecology. It is also of value in determining the extent and causes of depredations by this jackal among domestic stock and other animals in which man has an interest, and for devising control methods. The black-backed jackal's ability to survive as one of the last of the bigger carnivores in areas occupied by man, despite vigorous attempts to control or exterminate it, is largely attributable to its remarkably adaptable food habits.

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