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Dingo CARE Network was established in May 2004 as a voice for dingo conservation in Victoria.  The aims of Dingo CARE are:

  • Conserve the dingo by managing and promoting a captive breeding program with stock shown to be DNA pure, and by lobbying to have the dingo taken off vermin lists and officially recognized as an endangered species.
  • Appreciate the unique qualities and characteristics of an animal that has survived in a range of Australian habitats for approximately 5000 years.
  • Research the biological and behavioral aspects of the dingo that have made this animal so unique, and little understood.
  • Educate the community regarding the nature of the dingo and its place in the Australian ecosystems, dispelling the many myths that have developed since European colonization.

On Friday 24 October 2008 Mr Gavin Jennings, the then Victorian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change announced the listing of the dingo as a Threatened Species under s16 of the Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

This was largely thanks to the work of Ernest Healy, who not only found out how to change the status of the dingo from pest animal to threatened species, he then set about writing the submission, lobbying politicians and networking with other conservation organizations for their support.  This was a process that took almost two years.

This achievement was recognized in the following media release from another conservation organization, which in part stated:

The listing of the Dingo as a threatened species has been welcomed.  It is a strong and necessary step to protect the Dingo which is on the brink of extinction in Victoria.  The Minister’s decision is a positive step towards saving the Dingo in Victoria, hopefully avoiding a similar fate to that of the Tasmanian Tiger.

The Dingo plays a critical role in the Australian ecosystems as a top order predator. Top predators balance the environments in which they live – there is evidence that the Dingoes regulate kangaroo numbers and reduce cats and fox numbers thereby benefiting native vegetation and small native animals.

Wild dog control must be conducted in a manner that does not impact on native species.  There is a lot of common ground with farmers, and we can agree on the need for a sensible plan to control wild dogs as a threat to both livestock and pure Dingoes.  Interbreeding with escaped domestic dogs is one of the greatest threats to pure dingoes.

We look forward to the development of an Action Statement for the species as the next step in the plan to protect dingoes in Victoria”