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Uluru
Male Australian Dingo
Uluru
Uluru joined the Big Pack in the Sky on December 26th, 2023.
He was assisted at 12 years old due to an abscess on the spleen.

The story our 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.

Uluru survived his mother Kooyong, who passed away many years after their arrival, and his brother, Aussie, who lived a long life at Wild Spirit, passing in 2023.

Personality

Uluru was a charming fellow with an air of confidence around him. Even so, he chose to socialize on his terms, often approaching Caretakers when he was good and ready, denying them if they came on too strong. He had a strong bond with his brother, Aussie, often remaining by his side and offering support. He and Glacier had their on and off days, but were brothers through and through.

Relationships

Uluru spent his entire life with his family: Kooyong, Aussie and Glacier. When Kooyong passed, the three brothers were a staple of the sanctuary for many years, until Aussie passed in the spring of 2023.

Likes & Dislikes

Uluru liked going for walks, exploring enrichments after Glacier checked them out first, and scentrolling on the noggin of his favorite people!

Uluru disliked when Caretakers approached him head on, and when his brother, Glacier, picked on him.

Fun Facts

There are three types of dingo: desert, alpine and northern. Uluru was an alpine dingo, which is the only type that is endangered!

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