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Golden jackal


The golden jackal is between 80 and 95 cm long; its tail length is 20 to 30 cm and the shoulder height is about 35 to 50 cm. It weights about 8 to 10 kg. The coat is usually golden yellow in colour, but there are regional differences. In the mountains, golden jackals have a more grey coat.


The golden jackal prefers open landscapes for its habitat. The animals inhabit the savannah as well as semi-deserts and rocky areas, they are absent in dense forests. In Austria, it was sighted for the first time in Styria in 1987, the first offspring was recorded in the Lake Neusiedl area in 2007.

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