Caring for dingoes

The dingo is a protected native animal in the Northern Territory (NT).

To protect your safety and for the welfare of dingoes, you should avoid contact with them in the wild.

Purebred dingoes are under threat from breeding with domestic and feral dogs.

Dingoes are common throughout the NT except in the Tanami Desert, where they’re relatively rare due to the lack of water.

The dingo is a wild animal with natural instincts.

Like any wild animal, it has the potential to harm humans, so you must take care when dealing with them.


If you encounter a dingo, or for more information, contact Wildlife Operations in your region.

Last updated: 27 August 2018

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