BIO ~ Kooyong was a spayed female Australian dingo. We welcomed her and her three sons in the spring of 2013 when she was about 2 years old.
PERSONALITY ~ Kooyong ruled her habitat with a mixture of motherly love and stern discipline. She was extremely social with people and happily greeted any and all visitors who came to visit. She could also be leashed and was a big fan of enrichment walks!
LIKES ~ Kooyong loved food, attention, and her family. Nothing made her happier than visitors and a bowl of food!
DISLIKES ~ Kooyong disliked Glacier getting more attention than her. She also didn’t like when any of her family members tried to take a bone she claimed, and she would firmly tell them to back off.
FUN FACTS ~ Kooyong’s name is also the name of a town in Australia, a suburb of Melbourne. In its origin,”Kooyong” is thought to be an Aboriginal word meaning “camp”, “resting place”, or possibly, “haunt of the wild fowl.” She also kissed the hand of the famous author, George R. R. Martin!
KOOYONG’S STORY ~ Our four dingoes were displaced after a couple’s conservation efforts did not go as planned. Kooyong and her mate Buckley were a breeding pair of pure dingoes who came from Dingo Discover and Research Centre in Australia, which has been an official conservation organization since 2007. The Centre finds zoos and sanctuaries outside of Australia, who are willing to care for a breeding pair of dingoes and their offspring to help ensure that the species survives.
Occasionally, a breeding pair goes to a private home, and= Kooyong and Buckley went to live with a husband and wife in Florida. They gave their dingoes great care and made sure they had plenty of love, socialization and a rich diet. Once settled in her new home, Kooyong had a litter of six pups. Although the whole dingo family had great care, the human family went through a rough patch. The husband tried to sell Kooyong’s pups and quickly found out that it was illegal. Facing serious consequences for this misjudgment, he left the home, taking what remained of their funds and leaving his wife and her son alone with all the animals.
Around the same time, Buckley and his three sons had a terrible fight that resulted in Buckley being euthanized due to devastating injuries. With tremendous sadness, the woman decided her dingoes needed placement in new homes. Two of Kooyong’s pups found a home at a zoo. Kooyong, Aussie, Glacier, and Uluru had a terrific foster home in North Carolina until Wild Spirit staff could bring them to their permanent home at WSWS. Because we are a sanctuary and do not want to add to the population of animals kept in captivity, the entire family is now spayed and neutered. Neutering the 3 boys has helped keep the peace, but because they can no longer reproduce, our dingoes are no longer part of the conservation program.