The Australian Reptile Park is excited to announce a brand new interactive experience for its visitors – Dingo nature walks!!! Every day one of our friendly dingoes will be taken on a walk through the nature trails of the Park and visitors will have the opportunity to give them a pat and ask the keepers all about dingos!

These walks will play a very important role in our dingoes well-being and will provide Fred and Adina with important enrichment to keep them active and happy during their life at The Australian Reptile Park. Animal enrichment within a zoo is how keepers encourage and stimulate natural behaviours in our animals through sight, smell, taste, touch, and interaction. It is extremely important as it provides mentally and physically-enriching activities for the animals. Other enrichment activities for our dingoes include: scent trails, ice-blocks with treats inside and scatter feeds.

Purebred dingos are becoming increasingly rarer in the wild. Feral domestic dogs will readily interbreed with dingos a process which effectively dilutes the genetic uniqueness of this animal. The dingo is a medium-sized dog weighing in at 15-20kg. Despite its common image of a reddish-brown coat, colouration varies and includes very pale creamy-brown forms and even black and tan.

The dingo arrived in Australia from Asia several thousand years ago possibly brought by aborigines or by seafaring peoples from Indonesia. It has since spread over the entire country, with the exception of Tasmania and inhabits a wide range of habitats.