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Black-backed jackal
Temporal range: Pliocene - recent
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C. m. mesomelas
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Conservation status
Scientific classification

2 subspecies, see text

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Black-backed jackal range, with C. m. mesomelas in blue and C. m. schmidti in red

The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas or Lupulella mesomelas) is a canine that comes from eastern and southern Africa.

The black-backed jackal lives in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. It is a least concern species. It is still killed because, it attacks farm animals and it carries rabies.

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