Dr. Alan Wilton (1953-2011) Prominent Australian Geneticist, Assoc. Professor of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of NSW. Dr. Wilton devoted much of his academic life in studying the ancestry and significance of the dingo in Australia.
“ The dingo is possibly the oldest breed of dog in the world.”
“ The pure dingo in Australia could be extinct within 50 years.”
“ Born 2008 destroyed 2011.”
“..they are the only australian native classed as vermin, how sad that such a noble and loving companion is now regarded as a pest, it is not just cruel but a betrayal of the highest order” Unknown.
“Dingoes have been held in a time capsule since they were brought to Australia 5,000 years ago and since then have been running around the continent,” The Times.
The last pure Dingo populations remaining in coastal Australia are probably in the national parks between the Great Dividing Range and the east coast, and on Fraser Island.” Qld Museum.
The situation was disgusting and an International disgrace. 70% of the 100 to 120 dogs left on the Island were malnourished, the population could be wiped out within years.” Ray Revill. Former Island Ranger.
The Fraser Island Dingo.
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Fraser Island (K’gari) lies off the coast of Queensland, Australia, approx. 200k (120miles) north of Brisbane. It is the largest sand Island in the world.
In 1992 Fraser Island was inscribed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO because of its natural beauty and unique flora and fauna. The apex predator on the Island is the dingo (canis dingo) and may well be one of the last pure strains remaining on the east coast of Australia. The Fraser Island dingo also performs an important ecological role and is vital in maintaining the balance of this fragile ecosystem. The conservation of this species is of National and International significance.
The dingo arrived in Australia between 4,000 and 18,000 years ago and under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 was declared indigenous and classed as native wildlife. Sections 17 and 62 of the Act also provide for the legal protection of the dingo as a natural resource in protected areas such as Fraser Island.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the dingo is listed as “vulnerable” and is considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. In the State of Victoria it is listed as “threatened” under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Despite this, it is the only native species to be declared a pest throughout much of Australia, only protected in certain areas, such as National Parks.
On Fraser Island evidence suggests that the population has come under pressure due to:
The continued expansion of tourism.
Incidents with visitors, this often leads to the destruction of the dingo.
Any Interference of the dingoes in their natural habitat is detrimental to their survival. This includes feeding animals or attempting to interact with them. The practice of ear tagging animals for identification purposes can also lead to deformed or ‘floppy’ ears.
The fate of the Fraser Island Dingo depends on public support, by “working together” we intend to ensure the survival of this iconic species and re-establish the natural balance of their Island home..