Two alpine dingoes, a sub-species of the dingo, will make Maryborough home in the new year.
Two alpine dingoes, a sub-species of the dingo, will make Maryborough home in the new year.

Ray brings alpine dingo pair home

THERE are only 150 alpine dingoes left in the world but two of them are coming to Maryborough – and Ray Revill could not be any more excited.

The supervisor of the Fraser Coast TESS Wildlife Sanctuary has been fundraising wildly since the Department of Environment gave him permission to bring two pups from Victoria providing he built a special fenced enclosure earlier this year.

And while he’s yet to reach the half-way mark he said the community had really pulled together to show their support.

“It started off a little bit slow but I’ve been in touch with a few fencing groups and they’ve been a big help with supplies for fencing,” he said.

The alpine dingo, a sub-species of the dingo, was on the verge of extinction.

Les Hall of Griffith, one of only three breeders of the alpine dingo in New South Wales at the time, said there were only 25 breeding pairs of the alpine dingo left in captivity in Australia.

Estimates of wild alpine dingoes vary at the 150 mark.

Mr Revill said the three-month-old dingoes, a male and a female, would be a great asset to the wildlife sanctuary.

“One is reddish-blonde and the other is black and tan ... DNA tests show they are pure dingo. There’s no dog in them at all.”

He hopes to have the dingoes flown to Maryborough early in the new year.



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