Dingo on the beach - Fraser Island, Queensland

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Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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Medium 33.1" x 22.0"
Large 46.9" x 31.2"
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Photo taken through the window of our riding 4-wheeler, while on tour in Fraser Island, 14 May 2011. Quite a rare sight, I was told…

Canon EOS 550D, 1/320 s, f/8, ISO 400, 84 mm

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“The Australian Dingo or Warrigal is a free-roaming wild dog unique to the continent of Australia, mainly found in the outback. Its original ancestors are thought to have arrived with humans from southeast Asia thousands of years ago, when dogs were still relatively undomesticated and closer to their wild Asian Gray Wolf parent species, Canis lupus. Since then, living largely apart from people and other dogs, together with the demands of Australian ecology, has caused them to develop features and instincts that distinguish them from all other canines. Dingoes have maintained ancient characteristics that unite them, along with other primitive dogs, into a taxon named after them, Canis lupus dingo, and has separated them from the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris.

Dingoes play an important role in Australia’s ecosystems; they are apex predators and the continent’s largest terrestrial predator.

Because of their attacks on livestock, dingoes and other wild dogs are seen as pests by the sheep industry and the resultant control methods normally run counter to dingo conservation efforts. Today, it is estimated that the majority of the modern “dingoes” are also descended from other domestic dogs. The number of these so-called dingo hybrids has increased significantly over the last decades, and the dingo is therefore now classified as vulnerable."
(Wikipedia)

“*Fraser Island* is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi).1 It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992.2 The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km².3 It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia. [……]

Dingoes
Dingoes were once common on the island, but are now decreasing. The Fraser Island dingoes are reputedly some of the last remaining pure dingoes in Eastern Australia and to prevent cross-breeding, dogs are not allowed on the island. According to DNA-examinations from the year 2004, the dingoes on Fraser Island are “pure”.22 However, skull measurements from the 1990s detected crossbreeds between dingoes and domestic dogs among the population.23

Up until 1995, there were no official records of dingoes attacking humans on Fraser Island. In April 2001, a boy wandered away from his family and was discovered dead, with indications of a dingo mauling.24 Over 120 dingoes were killed by rangers as a result of the incident, though locals believe the number was much greater.20 After the 2001 attack, four dedicated rangers were allocated dingo management roles and ranger patrols were increased.25 There are fines for feeding dingoes or leaving food and rubbish out which may attract them.17

As of January 2008, the number of dingoes on the island was estimated to be 120 to 150, and sightings have become less common. A University of Queensland researcher, Nick Baker, claims the dingoes on Fraser Island have adopted unusual behaviour. Rather than hunt in small packs, Fraser Island dingoes had developed a tolerance for each other and work together in one big hunting pack.25 Dingo-proof fences, consisting of metals bars across a concrete pit and a 1.8 m high mesh fence were built around nine island settlements in 2008, to keep the dingos out of the townships.26

In late 2009, a former ranger on the island, Ray Revill, claimed 70% of the dingo population, which was then estimated at between 100 and 120 animals, was malnourished.27 In March 2010, three separate reports of dingos biting tourists were made.28 Backpackers have been criticised for ignoring advice from park rangers as they try to provoke reactions from dingoes while taking photographs.28" (Wikipedia)

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