is one of a number of small-to-medium-sized members of the Canidae
family found in Africa
. Jackals fill a similar ecological niche as does the coyote
in North America, that of scavenger and lesser predator
Jackals may occasionally assemble in small packs, but normally hunt alone.
- golden jackal (Canis aureus)
- side-striped jackal (Canis adustus)
- black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
- bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)
The Ancient Egyptian God
of death and dying, Anubis
, was depicted as a man with a jackal's head.