Aussie is pretty shy, but he does occasionally come up to meet new visitors. He will even kiss his guests, like the time he met famous author, George R. R. Martin!
Likes & Dislikes
Aussie loves his brother Uluru more than anything else, and they spend most of their time together. Aussie also enjoys chewing on things – bones, sticks, his brother’s tails – you name it!
The story of our Australian dingoes, Aussie, Glacier, and Uluru actually begins with their parents, Kooyong and Buckley, who were part of a breeding program overseen by the Dingo Discovery and Research Center in Australia, which has been an official conservation organization since 2007. The Centre finds zoos and sanctuaries outside of Australia that 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 instead of a facility, as was the case for Kooyong and Buckley who went to live with a husband and wife in Florida. The couple gave their dingoes great care and eventually Kooyong had a litter of six pups while in their care! Unfortunately, while the dingoes were well cared for, the human family went through a rough patch. The husband tried to sell Kooyong’s pups and quickly found out that it was illegal. He then left his family, taking all their funds and leaving the dingoes.
Soon after, Buckley and his sons had a terrible fight that resulted in Buckley being euthanized due to devastating injuries. With tremendous sadness, the woman decided the remaining dingoes needed placement in new homes. Two of Kooyong’s pups found a home at a zoo, and the rest of the family came to be with us here at Wild Spirit.
Sadly, Kooyong passed away many years after their arrival, but the three boys still remain and have come to know Wild Spirit as their home and safe space. Aussie is the shiest and most reserved of the brothers and is usually the slowest to warm up to his Caretakers. Fortunately, he gains a lot of confidence from Glacier and Uluru, who help to remind him that people mean pets and lots and lots of treats.