Dingo at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria Australia
The Dingo (Canis lupus dingo) also known as Warrigal, Maliki, Mirigung, Decker Dog, Boololomo, Repeti, or Australian Native Dog, is a feral dog which mostly lives independently from humans. It is generally thought to originate from a population of domesticated dogs, possibly at a single occasion during the Austronesian expansion into Southeast Asia. Though commonly described as an Australian wild dog, it is not restricted to Australia, nor did it originate there and is in fact a feral domestic dog rather than a separate species. Modern dingoes are found throughout Southeast Asia, mostly in small pockets of remaining natural forest, and in mainland Australia, particularly in the north. They have features in common with both wolves and modern dogs, and are regarded as more or less unchanged descendants of an early ancestor of modern dogs. The name dingo comes from the language of the Eora Aboriginal people, who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.
Crossbreeding with pet and feral domestic dogs is currently thought to be the dingo’s greatest threat for survival. Up to 80% of the wild dogs along Australia’s eastern seaboard are thought to be dog-dingo crossbreeds. Wikipedia
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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    great shot Tom,,,he looks like he is posing for you!!! well done

  • Thanks Wendy, he was very obliging :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot Tom.
    As a child living in Grenfell NSW (many,many years ago.) my parents had a pet dingo.
    he looked like this guy.
    They do make faithful pets.

  • Thanks Laureen, this one looks like it could be a great pet- a gentle countenance :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 6 years ago

    superb photo Tom and he is in fabulous nick…..

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 6 years ago

    very cute!

  • I agree with that Patricia , what a great pet this Dingo would make :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Ginny, he looks very healthy , the animals at Healesville were under threat from the bushfires for a while. I believe they were transported to temporary accommodation until it was safe to return. :-)

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playlealmost 6 years ago

    top capture here Tom, well taken cheers Rick

  • Thanks Rick :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    They are really beautiful , great shot and info thank you . x

  • Thanks Irene:-)

    – Tom Newman

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    A lovely shot, and a very interesting narrative. I had often wondered how the dingo reached Australia.

  • Thanks Jesika :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesalmost 6 years ago

    A beautiful portrait Tom. Conveys so much to the viewer.

  • Thank you Karen :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Tom Newman
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