The black-backed jackals are slender creatures. Their sides, head and legs are a sandy tan to reddish gold in colour. Their back has distinctive markings from head to the tip of the tail which is black and white. Black-backed Jackals are active both during the day and night. When active, they are usually out searching or scavenging for food. They trot, when hunting, with its ears pricked and alert.
This black backed jackal is homing in on a recent kill by two lions at Selati game reserve. A solitary scavenger whose usual diet is invertebrates, however this jackal hopes to strike lucky with a young zebra carcass, but has to watch his back as two female lionesses are not keen on sharing.