Dubious future for the aussie icon
There is no way that our sanctuary, or indeed any or all of the dingo breeding sanctuaries in Australia today combined can save the species, Canis lupus dingo . We estimate that there are a maximum of 75 breeding pairs of recognised pure dingoes in captivity.
The pure dingo in the wild is doomed — according to Dr. L. Corbett, who predicted (wrongly) that 2010 will see their end.
Whilst we hope that you will always be able to see them here at the Discovery Centre, it is our burning desire that they again rule the bush.
If you are one of the 87% of Australians who love their dingo and expect to see it preserved, please pester a politician, and keep at it, until the dingo is recognised officially as “wild-life” and protected, both at state and national level. Help prove Dr. Corbett wrong.
Weighing in at 15 kgs, compare the dingo with the top order predators of Africa — lion, leopard; or India; -tiger, lion; or America — bear, puma. This wide divergence of biomass points to the fragility of Australia's environment.
The world is surging to save it's crucially important predators from extinction — yet “extermination” remains the only choice on the menu for Australia's diminutive carnivore. 1080 poison — banned as eco-toxic elsewhere, and its successor, is air dropped in our national parks, steel jawed traps still the order of the day in Queensland, shooting, and deliberate disease spread are practised widely.
To put a stop to this ONLY the politicians have the power. The dingo MUST be urgently removed from vermin and pest animal lists. Please write to your local member and beg or demand that this happen. Scientists cried the warnings for the Thylacine, just as they are doing for the dingo. Politicians did not listen then and they are not listening now.