Do jackals climb trees?
I took this photo on my brother-in-law’s farm in the Kalahari. We have to drive through a section of his farm to get to ours. I was surprised at the sighting – that’s not where jackals usually go looking for food! ELMA STORM, Olifantshoek
Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: What a beautiful photo of four things that are characteristic of the Kalahari: red sand, a camel thorn tree, a sociable weaver nest and a jackal! If a Jack Russell can climb a wall or a fence to explore the neighbourhood, a camel thorn tree shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to a jackal, especially if there’s food involved. Jackals are opportunists and prey on a variety of food sources, including birds and eggs. There might also have been a reptile hiding in the sociable weaver nest. I doubt a jackal would be able to climb a straight trunk, but this tree leans to the side and looks like it would be easy enough to scale. I’ve seen quite a few photos of jackals climbing trees in the Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park.