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Latin name

 

Vulpes chama

Family

 

Large mammals

Size

 

35 cm

Weight

 

2,5 - 4 kg

Colour

 

A speckled silvery grey, the underparts being whitish with a buff or reddish tinge to the chest. The hair of the long, bushy tail are buff-white at their bases, but dark brown or black towards the tip. The head is reddish, but with much white hair on the cheeks, and the throat is buff.

Appearance

 

The two jackal species. The side-striped jackal, however, is much larger, with light-and-dark stripes along each side, and a white tip to the tail. The black-backed jackal is also much larger and has a distinctive black saddle running along it's back.

Habitat

 

Open country, wether a semi-desert, scrub, grassland or fynbos-often in the vicinity of a rocky outcrop.