Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wild for Wildlife and Nature
The scientific name of the dingo was recently changed from canis familiaris (domestic dog) dingo to canis lupus (wolf) dingo, to show its relationship to the white-footed wolf of South-East Asia. Whereas barking is typical of domestic dogs, dingos generally communicate over long distances with howls - like other wild dogs and wolves. Where do dingos live? Before European colonisation of Australia, dingos inhabited most parts of mainland Australia. However, in NSW most remaining dingo populations are in the east of the state, in forests between the Great Dividing Range and the coast. This limited spread is probably due to a combination of land clearing (which reduced the range of the species dingos prey upon) and dingo control efforts by the pastoral industry.