Five adorable dingo puppies born out of season at The Australian Reptile Park
The NSW’s Central Coast hands-on zoo, The Australian Reptile Park, are thrilled to announce the arrival of five healthy dingo puppies bred out of season, born to resident dingoes Adina and Fred. Dingo pups are usually born in late May/ early June, but it seems as though Adina and Fred had a different idea and decided to give staff and visitors an early Easter present!
As an active supporter of wildlife conservation, The Australian Reptile Park breeds their dingoes to educate Australians about the importance of the species within the eco-system, to protect them from extinction, and also to dispel the myth that the dingo is a dangerous pest.
“As cute as the puppies are, they play a crucial role in raising species awareness. The dingo plays a very important role in the Australian eco-system, Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate on earth due to habitat distribution, agriculture, and most importantly, feral foxes and cats feeding on mammals that are in the critical weight range of five kilos or less.” said Tim Faulkner, General Manager of the Australian Reptile Park.
“Dingoes are being blasted, baited, tracked, shot and hunted in the wild because of their perceived damage to agriculture. However, killing dingoes removes them from the critical weight eco-system, allowing feral foxes and cats to continuously increase the rate of mammal extinction.” said Faulkner.
The Australian Reptile Park is open daily from 9am till 5pm, located at Somersby on the Central Coast of New South Wales, approximately 1 hour from Sydney and Newcastle. Known as “The Best Family FUN Day Out!” the Park is not only home to one of Australia’s largest collection of reptiles, but also koalas, kangaroos, wombats, quokkas, platypus, cassowaries, spiders, the endangered Tasmanian Devil and much more. View all the animals and attractions online at www.reptilepark.com.au