Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Merigal Dingoes and Taronga Zoo

Merigal Dingo Sanctuary established an early relationship with many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries including Western Plains Zoo, Perth Zoo, Healesville, Featherdale and Taronga Zoo providing dingoes for their facilities.

In January 1994 six pups (three mountain and three tropical) were donated to Taronga Zoo. In turn, Taronga offered their three elderly dingoes to Merigal aged 6 months.

The pups’ enclosure at Taronga had been designed by Trevor Charles, Manager of Taronga’s Australian Mammal Section and long time member of Merigal. It proved to be an attractive and informative display.

There were some problems with settling the dingoes in. The tropical dingoes, with who had wild born parents dominated the domestic bred mountain dingoes.* One fight ended when all three dingoes involved rolled down an embankment and into the moat!

The three retirees settled in well especially Luke who was visited local journalist, Michelle Burrell who quickly discovered Lukey was not the bloodthirsty beast of legend but just want to be friends.

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