Thursday, March 3, 2011


Although the word Jackal has been used to refer to any small- to medium-sized species of wolf genus of mammals, Canis, today it most properly and commonly refers to three species: the Black-backed Jackal and the Side-striped Jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the Golden Jackal of northern Africa and south-central Eurasia. The Back-backed and Side-striped Jackals are more closely related to each other than they are to the Golden Jackal, which is closer to wolves, dogs, and coyotes.

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