Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In Australia, the dingo is an "apex predator," which means that it is at the top of the food chain and preys on other animals, but nothing preys on it. This is because there are no big predators like lions or tigers in Australia. One animal that dingoes really like to eat is sheep, and this means that dingoes are not very popular with sheep farmers. The Australians even built something called a "dingo fence" to protect their livestock. This fence is really, really long. It goes all the way across the country, and it's even longer than the Great Wall of China!
Dingoes can be a bunch of different colors, but usually they are tan or reddish brown. A lot of dingoes have white markings, and this means they probably have some domestic dogs in their family tree.
What dingoes eat depends on what part of the country they live in and what the conditions are there, such as whether there is a drought or anything like that. But some people who studied the diets of all the dingoes in Australia came up with ten things that 80% of them eat. So here's the list of preferred dingo food: Red Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby, cattle, Dusky Rat, Magpie Goose, Common Brushtail Possum, Long-haired Rat, Agile Wallaby, and Common Wombat.