Welcome to the pack
We have just welcomed two new dingo puppies to the Lone Pine family - one boy and one girl. At just ten weeks of age, these pups still have a lot of growing and learning to do, as they settle in to life at the sanctuary. The puppies were bred at the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre located in Victoria, Australia.
Since arriving, our puppies have started basic obedience training, crate training, and socialisation with Tanami (our adult dingo). You may see some of their training on the webcam with our mammal keepers and the team from Oz Wagtails. It is very important that our dingoes develop these skills, so that we can safely carry out various procedures such as health checks, vaccinations, nail clipping and veterinary procedures. You may also notice our keepers introducing our pups to various items such as rakes and wheelbarrows, which are used on a daily basis to clean their exhibit.
They will also start learning to walk on a lead, so they can eventually come out to meet our guests and enjoy walks throughout the sanctuary for enrichment and exercise.
New Dingo Habitat
Our new exhibit (opened October 2018) was built to better reflect habitat complexity, both as an educational tool for guests, and mental and physical stimulation for dingoes. Space requirements for up to three dingoes is a minimum of 220m2 (NSW Standards for Exhibiting Animals). The new area exceeds this standard significantly, with the exhibit totalling 550m2.
The Dingo Habitat incorporates a high degree of structural complexity with large rocks, trees, undulations and hills, bodies of water, dens and hiding spaces, as well as numerous vantage points and multi-level traversing points.
Koala Cam - Cuddle Train
We call this our “Cuddle Train Camera”. Despite having plenty of places to sit, these koalas often choose to sleep stacked up in a group hug – sometimes 3 or 4 in a row.
The nine young boys; Connery, Fraggle, Merlin, Davis, Clifton, Tango, Grover, Rumble and Daquiri, have been known to enjoy a good cuddle with each other from a very young age. Now all aged three and a half years old, sanctuary guests and webcam viewers can see a range of their daily cuddles such as the ‘Classic Spoon’, the ‘Koala Sandwich’, or the original ‘Cuddle Train’.
While generally a solitary species, many of the koalas at Lone Pine have grown up together and have formed close bonds with their room-mates (in this case, very close!). Exhibit standards set out by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries requires that each koala has no less than two available resting forks at any one time, but Lone Pine’s Cuddle Train boys have a total of 27 different resting places within their exhibit. Despite having plenty of room to spread out and sleep alone, they choose to sleep close together.
Koalas spend between 18-20 hours a day sleeping or dozing in order to conserve energy. Their food source, eucalyptus leaf, doesn’t provide much nutritional value and is mostly just fibre and water. The koalas at Lone Pine receive fresh eucalyptus every day which is harvested from our very own plantations where we grow all of their favourites. You might even be lucky enough to watch as the leaf gets changed out daily.