Opportunities for Philanthropic Involvement
As anthropological, biological and ethological subjects, the dingo offers a plethora of directions for research. Part of the Foundation’s raison d’être is to facilitate avenues into beneficial research by young scientists. As funds become available we intend to establish appropriate grants for this purpose. Already a number of studies have been completed or are in progress here by enthusiastic young graduates and under-graduates. One such is Bradley Smith of University of South Australia, who has already applauded for his studies of DDC dingoes, presented to international conferences.
We have recently become inundated with pleas to provide dingo by-products for purposes of domestic pest deterrent for possums, foxes, wallabies etc., and perceive a very ripe and very large market for a non lethal, behaviour- altering product which could be synthesized to replicate the scent marking pheromones contained in adult entire dingo output. We are currently assisting Dr. Michael Parsons from Murdoch University, who is working on this avenue. Research and development investment could lead quickly to a significant return by way of a well regarded “green” product.
Strong recommendations are coming from scientists and powerful organizations such as the Wilderness Society, for the re-introduction of the dingo to selected wild habitats. The dingo which is a pure direct descendent of the original animal which greeted the first explorers of Australia is clearly the subject of choice. Our unique facility stands us in the perfect position for participation in such re-introduction projects.
The time has come in the history of the Dingo Discovery Centre to seek meaningful philanthropic sponsorship and supporting partnerships.
As a tax deductible gift recipient and a Federally Registered Conservation Organisation, we believe that the Foundation can now attract a major benefactor and realise its aims in partnership, either as major sponsor or as Foundation partner. Full naming rights would be offered along with signage and logo additions to all areas of public interaction, depending upon the degree of involvement.