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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 canine, 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.


Dingoes Profiles

Archie

Archie

Age: 1 Year (DOB 9/8/2015)

Sex: Male

Archie is the only male with his two sisters Jira and Eve in their pack. He is incredibly independent, often taking himself away for his own little adventures, exploring his enclosure. You will often find him laying in the sun, on the tallest rock in his enclosure, watching our patrons walk by and sleeping off the days fun.

His beautiful white coat certainly attracts a lot of attention and Archie loves to give it back! Although a little bit more reserved than his two sisters, he loves to greet visitors to his enclosure, especially with one of his famous ‘Archies kisses'!

 


Eve

Eve

Age: 1 Year (DOB 9/8/2015)

Sex: Female

Eve is the smallest of our young pack but is the most adventurous, and cheekiest! She loves to explore her enclosure and to get out and about in the zoo with her keepers on her daily walks. She see's the zoo as one big playground!

Her playful side shines through with her siblings. Eve loves to play games with Archie and Jira, sometimes literally jumping on them until they give in and play. You'll never catch Eve on the losing side when playing though, she'll swap teams back and forth to make sure she's always on the winning side.

Always accompanied with her cheeky smile, it's hard to not fall in love with Eve!

 


Jira

Jira
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Age: 1 Year (DOB 9/8/2015)

Sex: Female

Jira is one of our most confident and relaxed dingoes! She loves her walks around the zoo grounds, stopping to pose for photos and to greet our Zoo guests, often with a big kiss!

Also one of our most affectionate, Jira often will flop down as soon as she sees her keepers, ready for her belly rub.

When you're as cute as Jira, how can someone say no!

 


Kiah

Kiah the Dingo

Age: 13 Years (DOB 1/9/2003)

Sex: Female

Born in 2003, Kiah is one of our older and wiser dingoes. The name Kiah comes from the Aboriginal term meaning 'from the beautiful place'.

She is quite playful and loves nothing more than an afternoon swim in the warmer weather!

Kiah has very little white on her feet, compared to Myndee's white socks!

 


Myndee

Myndee the Dingo

Age: 13 Years (DOB 1/9/2003)

Sex: Female

Myndee lives with Kiah and was also born in 2003. Myndee (Aboriginal for 'sycamore tree') has even white 'socks' on both front paws coming up just above the middle her wrists.

She is very affectionate and absolutely loves her afternoon walks in the sun around the zoo.

Make sure you keep an eye out for our girls as they explore the zoo grounds with their keepers.