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Golden Jackal

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Golden Jackal
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Canis
Species:C. aureus
Binomial name
Canis aureus
Linnaeus, 1758

Golden Jackals (Canis aureus), also called Asiatic or Common Jackals, are small jackals native to northen and central Africa and southern Asia. Golden jackals live 7 to 9 years in the wild, but have been known to live up 16 years in captivity.


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Appearance

Golden Jackals have golden reddish-yellow fur with a white mark on the throat, but the color can vary with age, region, season, such as in the winter the coat darkens. Body length: 70-85 cm, height: 40 cm. They can Weigh little as 8 kg and much as 10 kg. Males tend to be larger than the females

Habitat

Golden Jackals inhabit the Balkan peninsula, to Thailand and Sri Lanka, Morocco to Egypt and northern Tanzania. Golden Jackals prefer dry open country, arid short grasslands with tress.

Diet

Cooperative hunting is important to the Jackals because pairs are three times more likely to be successful than individuals in hunting. Their diet varies, but includes birds, rodents, fish, young gazelles, insects and fruit. They will often follow lions and other big cats to scavenge their kills.

Behavior

Golden Jackals tend to live in small family groups consisting of a mother, father and some of their offspring, which serve as "helpers". "Helpers" stay with the parents for a year after reaching sexual maturity, to help take care of the next litter. Golden Jackals mate for life. They hunt, defend territory, share food, and provide for the offspring together.

Reproduction

They have a gestation period of nine weeks, after which they give birth to six to nine pups. They weigh 200-250 g at birth. During pregnancy, the male will hunt and bring her food.

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