Entry Title: "Dingo: Wild Dog at War"
Name: Helen Melville , Australia
Category and Expertise: Environmental|Portrait_P, Professional
Entry Description: The dingo is one of Australia's most famous animals. Many city dwellers see it as a symbol of the wild beauty of Australia's remote regions and fear for its future as it increasingly interbreeds with domestic dogs. But in the countryside cattle farmers have a different perspective, where dingos and other wild dogs are serious predators and pests, injuring and killing substantial numbers of their cattle each year.
Farmer and dog trainer Dave Graham once also hated dingos but has now become an advocate for their survival. His research has highlighted the role that the dingo plays in securing the survival of other native animals in their territories, particularly of the small marsupials that would otherwise have been killed by the feral cats and foxes that the dingo hunts. Dave is now involved in developing best practice solutions to find a middle ground between farmer and dingo.