Jackals are a type of canine, animals that are related to dogs, coyotes, foxes, and wolves. They look like a cross between a German shepherd and a fox. They have the fox's small face, delicate legs, and fluffy tail, with the German shepherd's long, alert ears.
The side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) is native to central and southern Africa. Unlike the smaller black-backed jackal which dwells in open plains, the side-striped jackal primarily dwells in woodland and scrub areas.