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Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), Masai Mara
In the Masai Mara lives the omnivorous Black-Backed Jackal, found both here in Kenya and also 900km South, at the tip of Africa. The Jackal will often make home in a den dug by another animal and suffers threats from Eagles, Leopards and Spotted Hyenas. They are also threatened by humans, for whom they can be a major problem with relation to sheep farming. Jackals have been associated with major rabies epidemics which appear at approximate 5 year intervals. There have been (relatively ineffective) attempts to eradicate the Black-Backed Jackal using poisons and traps and they are generally not looked upon with favour.