Dingoes in Namadgi National Park are 100% Pure, Study Reveals

ACT, Australia

A genetic study conducted on wild dogs in Namadgi National Park has revealed that all animals sampled had 100 per cent Dingo ancestry, with no hybridisation with feral domestic dogs. The ACT Government will explore options to formally recognize the Dingo as a distinct native animal. Minister for the Environment, Parks and Land Management, Rebecca Vassarotti, said that for many years it was assumed that wild dogs in the park were not native, and were therefore to be managed as a feral pest species. However, the study conducted by Dr Kylie Cairns shows that these “wild dog” animals in Namadgi National Park are in fact 100 percent Dingo. The study DNA tested hundreds of dingoes from across Australia to investigate their ancestry, and found that the genetic survey of dingoes in the ACT shows they are part of the South dingo population also found in southern New South Wales and eastern Victoria. The ACT Government is not proposing to change the taxonomy of Dingo in the ACT at this time. Dingoes are recognized as an ancient breed of Canis familiaris, with distinct characteristics, as displayed by other wild canids such as Papua New Guinean singing dogs also still classified as Canis familiaris. The taxonomy of dingoes is subject to ongoing research and debate. Recognizing their distinct role in the Australian environmental and cultural landscape is a separate consideration to their taxonomy. The ACT Government will consult with key stakeholders and organizations including the Ngunnawal community and rural lessees to determine the best way forward to balance the recognition of Dingoes as a genetically distinct animal with important cultural and ecological values, and the economic and personal impact on rural producers.

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