Jackels are small canines dwelling on the open plain. The survive foraging and scavenging. Many predators consider them a nuisance because the constantly bark at other carnivores as the feed. This attracts other competing predators.


The Jackel is one of only four major canids dwelling in Africa and Asia. It has a brown coat with a silver-black trim on it's back which helps it to camoflogue while on the open plain. They name Jackel originates from the persian word Shagal. It shares some relation to the American Coyote, though it is smaller than it's western counter parts. It also has smaller teeth and claws adapted to feeding on smaller prey. It is more of a scavenger than a predator. Bieng a nocturnal creature, it is more active at night and dawn.

They are often seen as a nuiscance to other predators. When they find another animal feeding. They will circle the seen, barking all the while in atempts to annoy the other carnivore. The problem with this tactic is that their losd barks are usually herd by other animals on the plain. Hyenas are usually the first to make an appearance. Unless there is a lion around heynas will be unhampered in devouring the carcass. This may possibly leave provide scraps for the Jackel.

Jackel's sociall lives are monogamous in their interpecies relations. A pair will usually stay together for life. They are very territorial and will fight visciously to defend their territory. As with most beast they mark their lands with urine and feces. Sometimes parents will allow their young to stay with them until they establish their own territories.

By Marcel Raphael.
Voice over by Dr. Brian Child, associate professor of the Department of Geography in the University of Florida.
Copyright 2006.