Jackals in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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Black-backed jackals have not been a common sight in NNP in the last ten years.

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These delightful little wild canids were feared to have been decimated by domestic dog diseases. The Park, surrounded as it is by the city of Nairobi & it’s suburbs (containing thousands of domestic dogs), certainly does not seem a good place for these fascinating (& difficult to photograph) animals..

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But in recent years their numbers have shot up: testament to the extraordinarily large biomass in the Park, where wildlife has nowhere else to live.

 

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At one time, a few years ago the, Park was down to just one breeding female of this sp. after another was run over by a speeding visitor..

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Off they go…there were 5 in this family group, whose noctournal yelping “Kwe…Kwe…” I can hear from my home in the Silole Sanctuary just outside the Park….