The dingo is certainly the most misunderstood animal in Australia.
Contrary to common knowledge, the Dingo is neither a wild dog nor pest or vermin, even though in some Australian states they are classified as such. Unbeknown to most, the dingo is in fact the apex predator and a vital keystone animal functioning within the Australian ecological system. Today, as a result of centuries of ongoing persecution, the dingo is on the endangered species list and our ecosystem is rapidly collapsing due to the lack of its presence.
We at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park are making every effort to bring the role of dingoes and the important function they play to public attention by educating about the current ecological situation and allowing visitors to experience the pure-bred dingo's incredible nature.
In our opinion, the dingo is truly a hidden gem within our midst, and it is high time that it is revealed.
Interestingly,the dingo is neither a sub-species of dog nor wolf, but in fact a species on his own, the Canis Dingo. Their behaviour and ecological function, however, is similar to that of the wolf. Sadly, both the dingo and the wolf are significantly misunderstood, and their real tale has almost never been told.
In truth, dingoes and wolves play a vital role in maintaining stability and biodiversity of major ecosystems by targeting the sick and the weak, and by ensuring animal population stability. In Australia, the dingo, being the apex predator, the system as it stands cannot survive without them.
Disturbingly, today - as a result of the lack of understanding of their critical importance, the dingoes are regarded as pest or vermin, a danger to livestock, and even a possible threat to humans.
Due to these misconceptions they have faced ongoing persecution over the last two and a half centuries since the European colonisation of Australia in 1788.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the 1980 “dingo ate my baby” saga which branded the dingo worldwide as a “vicious killer of babies”.
Being an endangered species and fighting for survival, the dingoes are still not protected in most Australian states.
As a result of this outrageous situation, we stand to lose a prized and iconic animal, and witness the collapse of the Australian mainland ecosystem - a national disaster and international disgrace - if we don’t come to understand the urgency of returning the dingoes to their rightful place enabling them to fulfil their crucial function.
We have now officially gone live with our petition to recognise and save the DINGO.
Below is a small excerpt from our public outreach statement. To read the full statement please click on the link below. If you agree with the message, please sign the petition and share the link as a matter of urgency.
“Established eco-systems have a natural order of coherence and will thrive if left to their own devices. If any link is broken, the entire system will have to re-adjust. If a vital link, the apex predator for example, is removed, this could cause a downwards trophic cascade which will topple the system as it desperately attempts to re-adjust itself, causing catastrophic, irreversible damage in the process.
In Australia, this vital link is the dingo.”
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