Saturday, May 28, 2011

Golden Jackal

The Golden Jackal inhabits in north and north-eastern Africa, south-eastern and central Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East and south East Asia. Golden jackals can carry diseases and parasites harmful to human health. As per the information and facts from the wildlife conservation, the size of this species is decreasing dangerously and is listed as vulnerable.

Scientific Name of Golden Jackal

Canis aureus

Features and Facts of Golden Jackal

  • Length: 60 - 110 cm

  • Weight: 7 - 15 Kgs

  • Colour: Pale Yellow/Gold/Pale Brown

  • Status: Vulnerable

Conservation of Golden Jackal

The population of Golden Jackal is declining due to extensive hunting for fur, rapid industrialization, intensive agriculture and loss of habitat. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 Golden jackals all over the world. Its size is further reducing due to the intervention of human and is in the dangers of extinction. India has taken active measures to protect the life of this endangered species through Wildlife Protection Act (1972). The hunting and trade of this species is also banned by law.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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