Scientific Name

Canis mesomelas


26 to 32 inches


13 to 29 pounds


Up to 14 years in captivity






Cape Dogs
Martial Eagles

Our kind is born a bit smarter than other creatures you might know, and though we seem quite pleasant, our niceness is just a show.
Reirei sings "Jackal Style"

Black-backed Jackals are creatures that appear in The Lion King universe.

In the Universe

In The Lion Guard

In "The Kupatana Celebration"

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.

Reirei and her sons

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.

In "The Call of the Drongo"

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.

In The Hakuna Matata Magazine Series

In "Monkey Mountain"

Jackals appear in this story hunting Timon and Pumbaa along with One-Eye, Shriek, a Cape Dog and a Vulture

Notable Black-backed Jackals

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