A couple of years ago we had the amazing opportunity to meet The Dingoes of Dongara which can be found on Brand Highway. At the time, one required to book an appointment to meet the Dingoes. However, this trip was a couple of years ago and since then a lot has changed.
In 2016, a meeting by the council was conducted in regards to a dingoes and homing them in the Shire of Irwin. From research, I found that there is a possibility that there are still dingoes, however you may need to check with the Tourism Department if they are open to visitors.
Dingoes are what is often termed as the ‘Australian Wolf’. With specially padded paws, they can move quickly through the desert without being heard.
Another aspect Dingoes have is the ability to work together by ’rounding up’ their prey. Generally, dingoes do not like fatty type animals and prefer to go for the more lean type animals such as young kangaroos.
They have a very acute sense of smell. They can smell that you arrived from 2 miles away!
There are two types of Dingoes in Western Australia. One is the Alpine Dingo which lives mostly in mountainous areas. The other is the Western Australian Dingoes which is often seen in the flatter remote areas.
Interestingly enough, dingoes do not like the heat. And if it soars a little of 38 degrees, dingoes will hide in their den and sleep it off. I guess I would do the same! 😉
If you have the opportunity to meet Phil (the owner) and the Dingoes of Dongara, then I would definitely book it into your schedule. If you have kids, Phil will recommend if they are too small for the encounter. My kids were 10 and 12 and had an amazing opportunity to meet and learn about theses amazing animals.
Of course, with all the political correctness and red tape that seems to go on extensively in this area, the Dingoes may have moved. However, you can try Phil’s number:
(08) 9927 1585 or 0412 543 297.
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