The Australian Reptile Park has had quite the busy couple of weeks as they raise the four dingo puppy bundles of joy! Not only have the puppies attracted viral attention when they starred in Jurassic Puppies – they have won over the hearts of people worldwide.
The four pups have remained unnamed for their first few weeks of life – but now as the puppies have blossomed with wonderful, playful personalities the Central Coast wildlife sanctuary is calling on members of the public to name them.
The Australian Reptile Park’s General Manager Tim Faulkner says “Getting to name a Dingo puppy is quite special! They have been such joys to have here at the park and we love seeing people’s smiling faces when they get to say hello!”
Faulkner went on to say “We cannot wait to see what the public end up coming up with! I’m sure there will be some interesting names throughout the bunch!”
The “Paw-some Foursome” (an affectionate name given to them by staff) were born to resident dingoes Adina and Fred who visitors can meet on their daily walk around the Park. This hands-on interaction with an Aussie icon is often a highlight to both domestic and international guests.
Faulkner explains, “As cute as the puppies are, they play a crucial role in raising species awareness. The dingo is so important in the Australian ecosystem, 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.”
“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 currently celebrating its 60th birthday with an action-packed school holidays! It is a hands-on zoo located the natural bush setting of the Central Coast of NSW, only 60 minutes from Sydney or Newcastle. Enjoy live entertaining shows, themed exhibits and interaction with many of the wildlife sanctuaries residents. The Park is open daily from 9am-5pm, with complimentary parking and BBQ facilities. More information at www.reptilepark.com.au
Images from the Australian Reptile Park