Science, Wildlife

Fraser Island dingo advocates hope new classification promises more protection

Advocates on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland say the classification of dingoes as a distinct native species will allow the animals to be better protected.

University of Sydney research has led to authorities classifying the dingo as a distinct Australian animal.

Malcolm Kilpatrick from Save Fraser Island Dingoes says it will allow purebred dingoes to be distinguished from dingo dogs.

He says purebreds need to be conserved as they play an important role in the Fraser Island ecosystem.

When you take an apex predator out of any ecological circle you’ve got a major disaster on your hands — that the next one up is going to step up and take the position of the animal that’s gone, he said.

On the mainland whether it’s a coyote or a fox or anything like that, it can be a real problem because they spare nothing.

Mr Kilpatrick says the classification will allow better dingo protection — via

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