April 12, 2012
Are they wolves? Akitas? Neither! They’re dingoes, and the newest residents of the Prospect Park Zoo’s Australian Walkabout, part of Discovery Trail. The charming canines are also the first dingoes in a New York City zoo in 40 years.
Though dingoes love sniffing, running, and digging as much as domestic dogs, these are wild animals who prefer hunting alone or in pairs to pack life. They also do not bark, but yelp and howl like their cousins, the wolves.
The dingoes, two males and two females, were born in Australia last year. The male/female pairs, Alkira and Binda, and Dacu and Cobar, will rotate on exhibit.
The newcomers share their slice of Australian scrubland with emus, rock wallabies, Cape Barren geese, and a Western gray kangaroo.