Golden Jackal A Small Hunter

Golden Jackal

Where to find:

The golden jackal can be found in large numbers in India. It is also found in Indochina, Thailand, Balkan Peninsula, East, the Middle East up to Europe. And it is still present also in all of North Africa, up to Tanzania in East Africa.


Golden jackal generally lives in the plains but sometimes we can find it even at relatively high altitudes. In fact, it has also been sighted in alpine and pre-alpine areas up to 1200 meters of altitude. To be excluded to find it at higher altitudes apart from the great African highlands.


Its dimensions are rather small, so much so that it is sometimes mistaken for a fox. It can reach a length of 85 cm and a height of 50 cm. Its weight varies from 6 to 15 kilograms.


The golden jackal lives in small family groups, usually the couple with puppies. However, solitary specimens are not rare. They generally hunt in small or solitary groups.
It is a very adaptable wild animal. he really eats everything. It can hunt hares, ducks, birds, and rodents but it can be an animal scavenger. Eat leftovers left by other predators or even human waste. To complete its diet it does not disdain to eat also various types of vegetables and fruits.
Its hunting techniques are quite basic, simply by helping with the sense of smell, it locates its prey. Silently approaching and then launching his attack. When hunting in a pack, instead, all components attack simultaneously. Technique really far from the strategies of attacking the lions for example.

Major risk:

For this animal, the risk of extinction is classified as Least Concern. But it is better to consider that the urbanization of the territories and the intensive agriculture are reducing the number progressively. Man is his greatest enemy as for all other wild animal species.

Scientific Name: Canis aureus
English name: Golden Jackal, Common Jackal
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Link to Red List page: Red List Page of Golden Jackal

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