The black-backed jackal is a medium sized canine native to eastern and southern Africa. These regions are separated by roughly 900 kilometers. One region includes the southernmost tip of the continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. 

Scientific name: Canis mesomelas

Trophic level: Omnivorous

Family: Canidae

Order: Carnivora

Phylum: Chordata

Mass: Female: 5,4 – 10 kg, Male: 6,8 – 9,5 k

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