The jackals eat small animals (e.g. rabbits, mice and lizards), insects, plant materials and carrion in natural state. They are opportunistic feeders. Rodents and fruits are the main dietary ingredients for the silver-backed jackals. The captive diet consists of raw meat, dog biscuits, rats, chicken heads, boiled vegetables and fruit.
Housing: Jackal may be kept in an indoor quarter with open shelter. Animals are well accommodated in cold environment. However, there should be a provision for heated quarter during cold er months.