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ANIMAL FACTS - Dingoes

The two main differences between domestic dogs and dingoes are that dingoes only breed once a year, while the domestic dog breeds twice a year. Also, the dingo does not communicate by barking, but by howling.

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Dingoes are Australia's wild dog. They arrived in Australia about 5,000 years ago - brought to Australian shores by Indonesian Seafarers. Dingoes do not bark, but howl like wolves.

(Canis lupus dingo)

The Dingo is a medium sized dog weighing between 13-24kg, with males usually heavier than the females. An average male stands at 52-63cms. Colours vary from sandy yellow to red ginger, and there are a small percentage of dogs who are black, black-tan or white. Usually Dingoes will also have white markings on their feet, tail tip and chest. Their overall body shape is very lean. They have pricked ears for good hearing and a bushy tail.

Habitat

Dingoes are found through most of mainland Australia, but are absent from Tasmania. Dingoes are found in all habitat types ranging from alpine, woodland, grassland, desert and tropical regions. There are many different cross breeds of Dingo/dog so it is very common to see Dingo-like dogs even in suburbia. Truly pure Dingoes are extremely rare.

Diet

Dingoes are most active at dawn and dusk, when their prey is also active. They eat a variety of animals but the majority of their diet is wallaby and kangaroo. They are also known to prey on rabbits, possums, gliders, rats and mice. Domestic livestock do not usually play a major part in their diet, though often they get the blame for attacks on stock by feral dogs or dog/dingo hybrids.

Breeding

The breeding cycle occurs only once a year and usually runs from March to June. Gestation is 63 days and litter size ranges from four to six pups. The pups might leave shortly after weaning or stay with the family group for up to a year.

Behaviour

Although Dingoes are often seen alone, many of these individuals belong to a socially integrated pack of up to 12 animals. These packs generally comprise of an extended family, which includes a mating pair, the offspring of the year and sometimes offspring of previous years. Dingoes display a dominance hierarchy between and within both males and females. Dominant pairs are usually the only successful breeders, however the other pack members often assist with the rearing of the pups.

Display Status

On DisplayOur Amazing Dingoes(s) are currently on display

Dingoes Profiles

Allira Kiah Mia Myndee Teyha

Threat Level

Endangered

Endangered


Dingoes Profiles

Allira

Allira
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Age: 1 Year (DOB 1/6/2013)

Allira arrived at Australia Zoo with her sister Gili when they were 8 weeks old. Together, they embarked on a life of discovery, the most important lesson being how to behave in their new pack. Allira has quickly won the hearts of her handlers with her cheeky games and boundless energy. Visitors can see Allira walking around the zoo or tormenting the older pack members with her constant demands for attention. Her favourite pastime? Pushing her sister into the Crocoseum pool!


Kiah

Kiah the Dingo

Age: 11 Years (DOB 1/9/2003)

Sex: Female

Kiah is the last of Group Four, but is the largest of the three siblings. The name Kiah comes from the Aboriginal term meaning 'from the beautiful place'. She is very affectionate but cheeky as well, often found pulling or biting on the long pants of her keepers' uniforms. She has even been known to get a little skin when she darts in and grabs the pant leg. Kiah has very little white on her feet, only one front paw has a little on the toes and she also has lighter amber coloured eyes, compared with her sisters who have a rich, golden-brown eyes.


Mia

Mia the Dingo

Age: 15 Years (DOB 27/7/1999)

Sex: Female

Mia is the littermate of Kirra and Cooya. She is now the alpha female of Group Four and has three juvenile dingoes in her pack. Mia is the most shy of the three older girls, but has enough personality to become dominant over the three juveniles. Mia is easy to distinguish as she is very light in colour and has a lot of white on her face. She loves to run and play with the rest of the girls, and all four can be seen racing around the exhibit, running through the creek or swimming in the pond. Mia interacts well with the guests who participate in the Animal Encounters, and is quite happy to just lie in the grass and allow everyone to pat and admire her.


Myndee

Myndee the Dingo

Age: 11 Years (DOB 1/9/2003)

Sex: Female

Myndee is one of three littermates in Mia's family pack. Myndee (Aboriginal for 'sycamore tree') is quite boisterous, plays roughly with the other members of the pack and usually is more vocal than the other two. Myndee is very good at obedience training but can be stubborn and willful when she wants to be. She is very loving with her keepers and enjoys a good patting session. Myndee has even white 'socks' on both front paws coming up just above the middle her wrists.


Teyha

Tehya giving Leanne a kiss

Age: 11 Years (DOB 1/9/2003)

Sex: Female

Teyha (Native American for 'Precious') is smaller in build than her sisters, and very alert. She is very sociable and loves to meet people while roving and during the Animal Encounters. She is often the one who jumps up on the guests and tries to lick their face. Teyha also has a cowlick on the back of her neck, like a Mohawk. Like her sister Myndee, she has white on both front feet, but her 'socks' are tall, making her easy to tell apart from Myndee.