Glacier is a neutered male Australian dingo who was born in the US in 2012. He came to Wild Spirit in 2013.
Glacier’s blonde fur is one of three normal colors for dingoes. They also can be ginger, like his family, or black with tan markings. Glacier got to meet famous author George R. R. Martin and his wife, Parris McBride-Martin.
Our four dingoes were originally 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 Discovery 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, like Kooyong and Buckley who 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.
Kooyong soon 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. As a result, he left, taking all their funds and left his wife and her son along with all the animals.
Soon after, 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, Glacier, Aussie and Uluru had a terrific foster home in North Carolina until Wild Spirit staff could make their way to bring them to their permanent home at WSWS. The family is now spayed and neutered which has helped keep peace amongst the boys, but as a result, our dingoes are no longer part of the conservation program.