A jackal (Canis) is a medium-sized carnivore found in Africa, the Middle East and India. It is dog-like in appearance and has a bushy tail. They are not very social and so they live either alone, in pair or n very small packs.They are one of the few animals that mate for life. Many have said that Jackals are cunning and are scavengers but in actual fact they are intelligent, resourceful and are agile hunters. They are effective in adapting to environments.

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• The pups suckle and consume regurgitated food until they are two months of age.
• Eagles are the small pup’s biggest threat.
• The ancient Egyptians believed that a jackal-headed god named Anubis guided the dead to those who judged their souls.
•The Swahili name for Jackal is “Bweha”


Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 40 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.


The common Jackal lives in open woodlands, grasslands, deserts and savannahs. Side striped jackals are found in forests, moist savannahs and marshlands and the silver-backed Jackal is mainly located in savannahs and woodlands. The Jackals are opportunistic hunters and feed on a variety of different animals such as Dik dik, small antelope and even domestic sheep.

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Professional Jackal taxidermy in South Africa

East and North Africa are home to the Common or Golden Jackal, Canis aureus, whereas the rest of Africa is home to the Black-Backed Jackal, Canis mesomelas and the Side-Striped Jackal, Canis adustus.

The Jackal is a canine that resembles a mix between a Fox and a German Shepherd. Reason being, its tiny face, short legs, fluffy tail, and German Shepherd-like ears.

Because of their eerie, spine-tingling howl, Jackals have made their way into the folklore of many cultures throughout the world. In ancient Egypt, for instance, these animals were sacred to Anubis, the god of death.

Jackals can be active during the day or night. This allows them to hunt for food at any time.  As a specie, Jackals are both carnivorous and herbivores. The Jackal is unusual among mammals in that it forms lifelong partnerships. Also, parents and offspring can band together to create packs. Jackals are cunning animals, which will sham death when caught and will ferociously protect their packmates.

There is a lot of difficulty involved with hunting Jackal in Africa. For one, they tend to be more on the nocturnal side, and secondly, they are lightning fast and difficult to spot. In South Africa, Jackal hunting typically takes place at night with the aid of spotlights and predator calls. Since Black-Backed Jackals are a major threat to sheep and goat herds in South Africa, farmers and ranchers pursue them fiercely.

Jackal hunting is an art form perfected by most South African landowners and professional hunters. Depending on the type of terrain you’re hunting in, your average shot distance could be anything from 30 yards to 100 yards or more.


What is Jackal Taxidermy?

African hunters prize Jackals as trophies due to the complexity of the hunt in general. Any fully grown Jackal will add value toward your trophy collection. To guarantee a high-quality Jackal taxidermy, careful planning is essential. Each hide is tanned and oiled with the finest chemicals and techniques to ensure its durability and longevity.

The best-fitting forms are chosen, and your preferred posture can be adjusted at no extra charge. Fully mounted jackal trophies come with natural habitat bases made specifically for them, either for wall or floor display. The finished taxidermy is to resemble closely to the natural form. When restoration is necessary, every attempt is made to repair cuts and abrasions while minimizing bullet damage. Unless otherwise specified, any natural scarring will remain.


Tips for a flawless Jackal Trophy

A trophy full hide is ruined by hair loss and decay more than anything else – it is fragile to work with. Most importantly, skin the animal as soon as possible and use salt to avoid hair slip. It is important to skin the trophy in a shaded area of the bush. The sooner the intestines are removed, the quicker the carcass will cool.

In order to prevent further bleeding from the bullet hole, it is important to wash the area as speedily as possible due to the high bacterial content of blood. Make sure your trophy is appropriately labelled. Specifying to the skinners the type of mount you’re looking for is crucial. It’s important to remove any visible fat and extra meat during skinning.

After skinning the animal, immediately wash the skin well to remove any trace of blood. We recommend to us an anti-bacterial like F10(cl) for this and wait 30 minutes before salting.

Use a lot of salt and really work it into all the creases and folds of the skin. Hang the skin up to dry for three to four days.


The Jackal Taxidermy process and method?

As soon as the tanning procedure is done, the hide is dry fitted to a form, which is a mannekin made of foam, according to a clients specific mounting instructions.

After ensuring a good fit, artificial eyes are bonded onto the form and the hide is glued into place. Any remaining stitching is completed. Mounting takes days or weeks to dry. When the mount is finished drying, the hair is combed out to restore its natural appearance, and the eyes, nose, and mouth are given careful sculpting and painting to make them look realistic.


Taking care of your Jackal trophy

Once a week, using a feather duster or a light, dry rag, dust the trophy from top to bottom, including all surfaces in the surrounding set habitat. Once a year, give the trophy a good wash. Use a moist (not drenched) rag to wipe down your mount in the direction of the hair, whether it be short or long. After cleaning a trophy with particularly long hair, fluff the hair with compressed air or a hair dryer set to a cool setting. If your trophy has glass eyes, you can restore their luster by using a Q-tip dipped in common glass cleaning solution. Like the fur, the nose can be cleaned by simply wiping it. We recommend that you use Mount Medix Africa (supplied by Life-Form Taxidermy) to help preserve your trophy. We use and supply this product.

Taxidermy mounts should be stored in a dry, cool place that is away from any heat sources like fireplaces heaters and direct sunlight (exposure to natural elements). Moist places are breeding grounds for mildew and mould. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can be harmful to your trophies. Avoid storage areas, such as attics or basements.


Frequently asked questions

How much does a jackal trophy cost?

The pricing of any trophy is subject to the costing stipulated per taxidermy order, quantity of trophies and preferred mounting options, along with additional requirements. Should you wish to receive a quotation prior to the hunt, the taxidermist can generate such for you.


How long does a jackal trophy take?

The time it takes a taxidermist to mount an animal might range from days to weeks, and possibly several months, depending on the quantity of trophies per taxidermy order, the display preferences, and volumes of client trophies to be produced, simultaneously, per production schedule.

The completion and packing timeframe combined, ranges from 10-12 months. This depends largely on the “what, how, when” factors. A taxidermy order also only becomes available for production scheduling upon receipt of the required deposit and trophy mounting instructions.

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