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The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation

Bradley Smith



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CSIRO Publishing
01 August 2015
Mathematics & Sciences; Animal ecology; Zoology: Mammals; Wildlife: mammals
The Dingo Debate explores the intriguing and relatively unknown story of Australia's most controversial animal - the dingo. Throughout its existence, the dingo has been shaped by its interactions with human societies. With this as a central theme, the book traces the story of the dingo from its beginnings as a semi-domesticated wild dog in South-east Asia, to its current status as a wild Australian native animal under threat of extinction.

It describes how dingoes made their way to Australia, their subsequent relationship with Indigenous Australians, their successful adaption to the Australian landscape and their constant battle against the agricultural industry. During these events, the dingo has demonstrated an unparalleled intelligence and adaptable nature seen in few species. The book concludes with a discussion of what the future of the dingo in Australia might look like, what we can learn from our past relationship with dingoes and how this can help to allow a peaceful co-existence. 

The Dingo Debate reveals the real dingo beneath the popular stereotypes, providing an account of the dingo's behaviour, ecology, impacts and management according to scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australian natural history, wild canids, and the relationship between humans and carnivores.
Edited by:   Bradley Smith
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   813g
ISBN:   9781486300297
ISBN 10:   1486300294
Publication Date:   01 August 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation

The editor and five additional experts have done a masterful job of bringing together facts, prejudices and folklore about the quintessential-ly Australian ]immigrant, the dingo. - Biological Conservation

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