Peak visitor times on K’Gari
Dingoes work very hard to raise their young; each member of the pack helps to feed and nurture the pups.
With their gregarious, playful manner, dingo pups enjoy spending time with people, as they have done for thousands of years.
Dingo pups are the future of the K’Gari species and need to be protected at all costs.
Easter on K’Gari is a sad time for dingo families. Pups are nine months old and are very curious about the many tourists that have suddenly appeared on their beach. The beach is their territorial boundary, and as such they patrol it several times a day.
When pups venture onto the beach they walk between the dunes and the tide line looking for food. At dawn and dusk they become very excitable and run around and play games with each other.
How humans act while this is happening determines whether these pups live or die.
If you see pups on the beach, DO NOT PANIC. They are not there to attack you. Remain calm, stay close to your children at all times. DO NOT RUN. DO NOT WAVE YOUR ARMS AROUND. STAND STILL.
When people do not panic, dingoes do not panic. If you ignore the dingo, it will eventually walk away.
Dingoes may try and get your bait or your fish. Make sure your bait bucket has a lid, or put your fish and bait in your car.
Please see the photos for what happens when people remain calm. The next week there were twice as many people on the beach. During Easter/Christmas holidays the beach is full of people. Imagine how confusing this can be for these pups, who have not seen this many people before.
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POST SCRIPT: THE DINGO IN THE PHOTOS ABOVE WAS DESTROYED AFTER EASTER.