The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation

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Csiro Publishing, Aug 3, 2015 - Nature - 336 pages
The Dingo Debate explores the intriguing and relatively unknown story of Australia’s most controversial animal – the dingo. Throughout its existence, the dingo has been shaped by its interactions with human societies. With this as a central theme, the book traces the story of the dingo from its beginnings as a semi-domesticated wild dog in South-east Asia, to its current status as a wild Australian native animal under threat of extinction. It describes how dingoes made their way to Australia, their subsequent relationship with Indigenous Australians, their successful adaption to the Australian landscape and their constant battle against the agricultural industry. During these events, the dingo has demonstrated an unparalleled intelligence and adaptable nature seen in few species. The book concludes with a discussion of what the future of the dingo in Australia might look like, what we can learn from our past relationship with dingoes and how this can help to allow a peaceful co-existence. The Dingo Debate reveals the real dingo beneath the popular stereotypes, providing an account of the dingo’s behaviour, ecology, impacts and management according to scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australian natural history, wild canids, and the relationship between humans and carnivores.
 

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Contents

1 Characteristics of the Australian dingo Canis dingo Meyer 1793
1
2 Biology and behaviour of the dingo
25
3 The origin and ancestry of the dingo
55
4 The role of dingoes in Indigenous Australian lifestyle culture and spirituality
81
attacks on livestock
103
attacks on humans
131
the science of studying dingoes
159
8 An ecological view of the dingo
191
a dingos brain is sharper than its teeth
215
10 The personality behaviour and suitability of dingoes as companion animals
251
11 The role of private sanctuaries in dingo conservation and the management of dingoes in captivity
277
12 Forging a new future for the Australian dingo
301
Index
317
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