Dingo

[Canis lupus dingo]

The Dingo is small, brown in color and looks just like your regular dog. It is walking in a grassy area and has a bushy tail.

Location: Kookaburra Station

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Range

The Dingo's range is Australia.


Habitat

Dingos inhabit the arid hot deserts, tropical wetlands, and the alpinelike moorlands of Australia.


Conservation Status
Vulnerable
Primary Threats
Human Wildlife Coexistence
Gestation

The gestation period for the dingo is about 63 days.


Litter

Dingos may have one to eight pups but usually four to five.


Behavior

Dingos are mostly nocturnal. Daily movements average about 10 to 20 km. On the average, individuals are active for 15.25 hours and at rest for 8.75 hours each day. The dingo is basically solitary, but individuals in a given area form a loose, amicable association and sometimes come together. Fighting may develop among members of different groups. Although not particularly vocal, the dingo has a variety of sounds. Howls, probably meant to locate others from its group and repel intruders, are frequently heard during the annual breeding season. Although regularly captured and tamed by natives and other people of Australia, the dingo has never been successfully domesticated.


Reproduction

In the wild, dingo pups are born in late winter and spring. Yearlings may assist an older pair to raise their pups. Independence is generally achieved by 3 to 4 months, but the young animals often then associate with a mature male


Wild Diet

Mostly small mammals; occasional kangaroos, cattle or sheep


Zoo Diet


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