This Sunday (21 September) is the National Day of Action for Dingoes and we’re joining forces with the Jane Goodall Institute as well as many researchers, conservation organisations, zoos, graziers, Dingo advocates and wildlife rangers to develop research-based campaigns to build a sustainable future for Dingoes in Australia.
The Dingo is not a feral predator. In fact, the Dingo plays a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and supporting Australia’s wildlife ecosystems. The Dingo Fence, erected to “save us” from the Dingo, ironically provides us with evidence that the Dingo may be an ecological saviour. Studies either side of the Dingo Fence indicate that the biodiversity of small mammals, lizards and grasses is greater in Dingo country.
“What might surprise many is that the Dingo has been classified as a threatened species in Victoria,” Mr Glen Holland, Director, Healesville Sanctuary said. “Interbreeding and loss of habitat remain the greatest threats to the pure Dingo population. Scientific research and innovative thinking are providing new strategies to safeguard it as a unique and ecologically important species.”