Jackals of NNP

By Will Knocker:

Of the 3 species of jackals, versatile wild canids, in Kenya, the Black or Silver Backed jackal is the most easily seen in Nairobi National Park.

A few years ago, there were very few of these cute canids in the Park, but their numbers seem to be increasing.


A female (methinks) of a family group which lives opposite Ololo Lodge..


I recently saw a lone Golden jackal in the company of a pair of Silverbacks in the Athi Basin…


Jackals are very efficient scavengers, but also hunt rodents, birds & other opportunistic meals…


The male of the pair (?) Jackals mate for life…


Jackals in NNP are threatened by the thousands of feral dogs which live in the humanised areas surrounding the Park, which carry diseases (canine distemper, rabies) against which the former have no immunity.

Long Live these wonderful little (wild) dogs….