Side-striped jackal

Larger than its jackal relatives and easily distinguishable with white stripes on the sides

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This nocturnal jackal species with strong instincts likes to live alone but is also occasionally seen in packs of six or more jackals. The mating pairs are faithful to each other and loving towards their litter. Mother regurgitates the food for a couple of hours so that the young can enjoy a haste-free meal. The opportunistic eating (eating whatever’s available) behavior helps this species to thrive in areas with little food availability; however, their favorite food type is always meat.

Unusual vocalization behavior that is unique for each family is observed in this species. Interestingly, eavesdropping won’t help a side-striped to gather gossip from a nearby family. Moreover, they show more resemblance with wolves as compared to other jackals.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2014
Benin
2014
Botswana
2014
Burkina Faso
2014
Burundi
2014
Cameroon
2014
Central Af. Rep.
2014
Chad
2014
Congo-Brazzaville
2014
Côte D’ivoire
2014
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2014
Eswatini
2014
Ethiopia
2014
Gabon
2014
Gambia
2014
Ghana
2014
Guinea-Bissau
2014
Guinea
2014
Kenya
2014
Malawi
2014
Mali
2014
Mauritania
2014
Mozambique
2014
Namibia
2014
Niger
2014
Nigeria
2014
Rwanda
2014
Senegal
2014
Sierra Leone
2014
Somalia
2014
South Africa
2014
Sudan
2014
Tanzania
2014
Togo
2014
Uganda
2014
Zambia
2014
Zimbabwe
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No