Brad Purcell Dingo (Natural History)

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Dingo (Natural History)

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* Provides a comprehensive overview of Australia’s most controversial and iconic predator
* Discusses the role of the dingo in contemporary Australian culture and shows the conflict between reality and perception

Many present-day Australians see the dingo as a threat and a pest. An alternative viewpoint, which is more in tune with Indigenous culture, allows others to see the dingo as a means to improve human civilization. The dingo has thus become trapped between the status of pest animal and totemic creature. This book helps readers to recognize this dichotomy, as a deeper understanding of dingo behavior is now possible through new technologies which have made it easier to monitor their daily lives.

Recent research on genetic structure has indicated that dingo purity may be a human construct and the genetic relatedness of wild dingo packs has been analyzed for the first time. GPS telemetry and passive camera traps are new technologies that provide unique ways to monitor movements of dingoes, and analyses of their diet indicate that dietary shifts occur during the different biological seasons of dingoes, showing that they have a functional role in Australian landscapes.

Dingo brings together more than 50 years of observations to provide a comprehensive portrayal of the life of a dingo. Throughout this book dingoes are compared with other hypercarnivores, such as wolves and African wild dogs, highlighting the similarities between dingoes and other large canid species around the world.

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Brad Purcell completed his PhD at the University of Western Sydney on a study of dingoes in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. He has also studied the ecology of small native mammals, feral pigs and feral deer. Brad is a scientific advisor on the National Dingo Recovery and Preservation Program.

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"Purcell extensively researched the dingo for his dissertation, "Dingoese, Whild Dogs and Their Hybrids," and is currently scientific advisor for the National Dingo Recovery and Preservation Program; thus he has become quite an expert on the animal. In addiion to providing a natural history and examination of the genetic complexities of what truly makes a dingo a dingo, he also explores the multifaceted relationship humans have had with this wild canid, ranging from the aborigines' totemic idolization through the European settler's regard of the species as a pest. Purcell also discuesses the dingo's role as a keystone species, the animal's current conflicts with humans, and conservation efforts to maintain dingo populations on protected lands. This work is a solid introduction to the dingo for undergraduates, yet incorporates a plethora of data for advanced researchers. Summing Up: Recommended." (Choice 2011-07-01)

"Both revered and hated, the Dingo is truly a unique animal in human eyes. Dingo is an analysis of the animal, which is revered by native Australian culture but at the same time dismissed as a modern pest. Brad Purcell brings an intriguing analysis of dingos and their status as Australia's native canine species. With plenty of science and analysis, Dingo is a fine study, enhanced by many graphs and charts as well as full color photographs." (Midwest Book Review 2001-03-01)

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