Dingo – the largest carnivore in Australia


Dingo is one of the most unique animals in Australia. It is a wild dog that in ancient times was bred from a domestic dog by Asian people. It happened about 4000 years ago and now we have dingoes in many places in Australia.

How to identify dingo?

Dingo’s appearance greatly depends on the habitat they live in. They normally have ginger fur with white feet. However, dingoes that live in desert areas may be wearing golden yellow fur, while those around the forest be darker or even black.

They look like a medium-sized dog with larger head and sticking out ears.

What you have to know about dingoes is maybe but they look like a dog but they are not dogs at all so you have to be cautious when spotting them.

Dingo is the largest carnivore in Australia. They look like a dog but they are not dogs at all so you have to be cautious when spotting them.

Where dingoes live?

Generally, dingoes can be spotted in most habitats in Australia including woodland, grassland, edges of forest or even deserts. 

One of the famous places to spot dingoes outside of the Australian mainland is Fraser Island which is a popular holiday destination.

Dingo Distribution
Dingo Distribution (Source: https://australian.museum/)

How dingo behaves?

Dingoes diet is very wide but mainly contains meat. They hunt for kangaroos, wallabies, feral pigs, wombats, small mammals, birds and lizards.

Occasionally they eat plants and fruits. Unlike other feral predator, dingoes prefer larger prey as there is not much competition for small to medium fauna (yeah, we don’t have tigers or lions in Australia).

Apart from their favourite pray, they eat goats, deer and rabbits to balance their natural occurrence.

Dingoes breed once a year and female gives birth to between four and six pups. Interestingly, in big packs, a dominant female will kill other females pups.

Dingoes live around 10 years in the wild.

Are dingoes dangerous?

While dingoes look small, they can be dangerous to human. A few times in Fraser Island, Western Australia and Nothern Territory, they attacked small children or isolated individuals.

As a rule of thumb, you should never feed dingoes. When going for a hike where dingoes are present, it is better to walk in groups. If you spot one dingo it does not mean there is no more around. 

Dingoes are pack hunters and generally, they stay away for humans but if an opportunity comes they can be dangerous.

Dingoes are much more of a danger to livestock like sheep and young cattle. To protect the livestock from dingoes attacks a Dingo Fence was built in South-East Australia.

When we travelled around Australia was saw it around Coober Pedy.

Where spotted: Devils Marbles, Mitchell Falls Campground, Gibb River Road

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