Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: J

J is for Jackal
The silver-backed East African Jackal is related to wolves and domestic dogs. Though small and lightly built, it is a fiercely aggressive animal capable of taking down prey many times its own weight.
Jackals are monogamous, generally living and hunting as pairs in their own territory.

They are most active at dawn and dusk. On an evening drive through Kenya's Samburu Game Reserve, we came across this fellow feeding on his latest kill. In the interest of discretion, I’ll post only these shots that show off his handsome demeanour highlighted by the setting sun….
For more A - Z posts, be sure to pop by Arlee Bird's site and see what others have done with the letter J...


Debra She Who Seeks said...

They DO have a reputation for fierceness, don't they? Beautiful animal though.

jabblog said...

He is a handsome fellow - so slim and elegant - but just look at those fearsome teeth!!

adrielleroyale said...

I didn't realize they were so handsome! Great pictures!! :)

Pat said...

I am amazed at the great close-ups you got of all these animals! The jackal is quite a handsome animal--reminds me somewhat of a coyote, though coyotes have longer fur and are scruffier-looking.