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Dingo
Author: Brad Purcell

ISBN: 9780643096936
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1 October 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0 x 1.3
Description:
* Provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's most controversial and iconic predator
* Discusses the role of the dingo in contemporary Australian culture and shows the conflict between reality and perception

Many present-day Australians see the dingo as a threat and a pest. An alternative viewpoint, which is more in tune with Indigenous culture, allows others to see the dingo as a means to improve human civilization. The dingo has thus become trapped between the status of pest animal and totemic creature. This book helps readers to recognize this dichotomy, as a deeper understanding of dingo behavior is now possible through new technologies which have made it easier to monitor their daily lives.

Recent research on genetic structure has indicated that dingo purity may be a human construct and the genetic relatedness of wild dingo packs has been analyzed for the first time. GPS telemetry and passive camera traps are new technologies that provide unique ways to monitor movements of dingoes, and analyses of their diet indicate that dietary shifts occur during the different biological seasons of dingoes, showing that they have a functional rol...

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