Photographer's Note

This fellow looks like he could be your pet, but he's not. About 5000 years before Portuguese navigators began exploring the east coast of Australia and Captain Cook claimed it for Britain, Asian seafarers had introduced the dingo or Asian wolf to Australia’s northern shores. As it spread throughout mainland Australia it became responsible for a change in the ecology and the extinction of a number of mammals.

Because the dingo never reached Tasmania some animals which were killed out on the mainland survived there including the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) and Tasmanian devils. The dingos became the dominant predator of the Australian mainland and with the Aborigines occupied a niche at the top of the food chain. They became a critical part of the Australian environment and over thousands of years the Australian ecology adjusted to their presence.

About the same time as dingos arrived on the continent, Fraser Island was already cut off from the mainland and assuming its present shape and form. Because it was separated from the mainland by only a couple of kilometres in parts of Great Sandy Strait, dingos would have had no difficulty in swimming across to take up residency on this island of 167,000 hectares

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