Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Australian Dingo - Canis lupus dingo

Today's photograph is of an Australian Dingo.

The Dingo is not a domestic dog, it is completely wild and untamed in many ways. Dingos are a wild species of dog that first found their way to Australia between 50-60 thousand years ago. They have relatives in Indochina, and were first thought to have arrived with Chinese and Indonesian seafarers and traders.

A good way of describing them is to think of them as an Australian version of a wolf. In many ways, these wild animals have become a part of the landscape and how the ecosystem around them has grown to depend on them too.

Today I also learned that their conservation status is now of concern. With a mention in the 2018 wildlife survey results saying that they are now at a vulnerable stage of numbers in the Outback. I am not aware of any conservation efforts so far, aside from reporting of the new conservation concern level.

Standing on top of a den where he lives, we can see the pale coloured fur coat with a rusty brown colour. An eye with the same intense red as an emu. And a keen gaze as he is looking out trying to find where the noise of the camera was coming from.

Tags: australian dingo, canis lupus, photography
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April 28 2018, 11:21:48 UTC 2 years ago

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Quite so. The guy in your photo looks very smart and handsome.