The Myall Lakes dingo project is a collaboration between Taronga Conservation Society, the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Established in 2019, and funded by the Hermon Slade Foundation, this project aims to develop and test non-lethal tools for dingo management, and to further our understanding and appreciation of this iconic Australian carnivore.
The Myall Lakes system is situated approximately 200km north of Sydney on the New South Wales east coast. The region has high biodiversity and features a mix of national parks, forestry, agriculture and urban centres.
The dingoes in the region are of conservation importance and show little to no introgression with domestic dogs. Unfortunately, the popularity of the area with campers and the proximity to rural and urban areas elevates the potential for human-wildlife conflict to occur.
Our research aims to use Conservation Behaviour techniques to understand and exploit dingo behaviour and communication signals and provide land managers with an array of effective, evidence-based, non-lethal behavioural management tools.
We’re using a range of research techniques to understand the social dynamics and ecological function of dingoes, including camera trapping, animal-borne telemetry and citizen science.
We encourage anybody to report sighings of dingoes in the Great Lakes region.