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Small Canids

Black-backed jackal drinking at a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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  • ["The road from Wolfsnes to Okondeka and the turn-off towards Leeubron are good places to see them."]

Black-backed jackal and the Cape fox are dog-like creatures found all over the park. They hunt and scavenge both day and night.

Jackal are often seen lurking around the kills of larger animals hoping for some scraps. Neither of these hardy little canids are water dependant but the jackal will drink readily when water is available. The road from Wolfsnes to Okondeka and the turn-off towards Leeubron are good places to see them.

They are a nuisance in the rest camps, because of tourists feeding them. They raid the rest camps, steal any food left out in the open and regularly push over the rubbish bins at night to scavenge. Feeding wild animals is foolish, dangerous and illegal, ultimately leading to nature conservation officials having to shoot the offending animals. Jackal in particular are prone to outbreaks of rabies, which is another reason to keep them at a distance.

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