26 to 32 inches
13 to 29 pounds
Up to 14 years in captivity
Long-bodied and slender, black-backed jackals are known for their long legs and large ears. Their pelt coloration varies from brownish-red to tan, with a distinctive black stripe running from their shoulders to the bases of their tails, which are bushy and black. Their chests, muzzles, paws, and throats are white.
In the Real World
Monogamous and territorial, the standard black-backed jackal social unit consists of a mated pair and their pups. While the adults defend their territory through urinating along boundary ranges, pups are often cared for by offspring from elder litters. The black-backed jackal family unit communicates through various distinctive sounds, including cackling, growling, whining, woofing, yelling, and yelping. Each sound is used to communicate with other family members. For example, when trapped, a black-backed jackal will cackle like a fox.
The diet of a black-backed jackal varies, ranging from bugs such as beetles, scorpions, and spiders to small mammals such as rodents, hares, and small antelope. On occasion, a black-backed jackal will feed on berries and fruits. They are primarily nocturnal, only emerging during daylight hours in areas that are undisturbed by human activity.
In the Universe
A family of jackals led by Reirei sneaks into the Pride Lands using Reirei's son, Dogo, who pretends to need rescue by the Lion Guard. When the Lion Guard allows the pup into the Pride Lands, Dogo's family is quick to follow, and Reirei begs Kion to let her stay with her son. Though reluctant, Kion concedes and makes Reirei promise to not cause any more trouble.
After the Lion Guard departs, Reirei sings "Jackal Style" to her family, teaching them how to act like jackals. In doing so, the family angers a multitude of thieved Pridelanders, and Kion returns to sort out the situation. When confronted by the lion, Reirei pleads for another chance, and Kion reluctantly allows her to attend Kupatana.
At the celebration, Reirei and her family attack the animals, and it's up to the Lion Guard to stop them. Once they have been wrangled into the center of Mizimu Grove, Simba exiles them back to the Outlands with an earth-shaking roar.
Tamaa the drongo mimics Goigoi's voice in order to scare small animals away from their food.
In "Too Many Termites"
Goigoi and Reirei attempt to eat a pack of aardwolves that have strayed from the Pride Lands. They are defeated by the Lion Guard and holed up in their den.
Notable Black-backed Jackals
|Reirei||Reirei is the matriarch of her jackal family.||Television||The Lion Guard|
|Goigoi||Goigoi is Reirei's mate and Dogo's father.||Television||The Lion Guard|
|Dogo||Dogo is one of Reirei's sons.||Television||The Lion Guard|