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Fossils of Black-backed Jackals have been found in deposits in South Africa dating to at least two million years ago (Hendey 1974), but fossil remains have never been found north of Ethiopia suggesting that they have always been restricted to sub-Saharan Africa.

Black-backed Jackals are generally widespread and, in Namibia and South Africa, they are common in protected areas where suitable habitat occurs.

The disjunct distribution of this species is similar to that of other endemic African species adapted to dry conditions (e.g., Aardwolf ).

The two Black-backed Jackal ranges are separated by as much as 1,000 km and their discontinuous distribution suggests that regions of dry Acacia bush and savanna, the preferred habitat of this species, once connected south-west Africa and the Horn of Africa.

in the Drakensberg, and in localities receiving more than 2,000 mm of rainfall (Rowe-Rowe 1982, 1992); they have been recorded from the alpine zone of Mt Kenya at 3,660 m (Young and Evans 1993).

Where more than one jackal species occur in sympatry the habitat is partitioned.

It is known to occur in many protected areas throughout its range.Terms of Use: The Google Translate service is a means by which the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN Red List) offers translations of content and is meant solely for the convenience of non-English speaking users of the website.The translated content is provided directly and dynamically by Google; The IUCN Red List has no direct control over the translated content as it appears using this tool.However, population control efforts appear largely ineffective and probably only succeed in producing a temporary reduction in local numbers. This species has a disjunct distribution range, and is found in two separate populations, one in East Africa and the Horn, and the other in southern Africa.Ansell (1960) notes that this species is entirely absent from Zambia and it is absent through much of central and equatorial Africa.

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