The Elusive Jackal

This photo of a Side-striped Jackal was taken by Canid Project collaborator David Lloyd in the Maasai Mara, Africa. David spends several months a year in Kenya photographing the wildlife. This elusive and shy jackal, with its white tipped tail, is rarely seen in the Maasai Mara, especially compared to the Black-backed Jackal which is much more bold and almost a guaranteed sighting.

Side-striped Jackal

Interesting Fact: These two jackal species differ genetically so much from other species of the genus Canis some have proposed they be placed in a separate genus.

In regards to this lovely portrait David says, "I think I've seen Side-striped Jackal maybe five times out of the 50+ weeks I have spent in the Maasai Mara. They are a rare sighting in the Maasai Mara but are more common in the Serengeti. So, I've had five maybe six sightings tops, but there was only one instance where one was close enough for a good photo. It was in March 2015 and it was fleeting. I only had a minute with the jackal before he disappeared into the grasses."

More jackal goodness coming soon.