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Adopt a dingo to keep the breed safe

Simon Stretton is still on the lookout for donations to help dingos like Zahra. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
Simon Stretton is still on the lookout for donations to help dingos like Zahra. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

DURONG Dingo Sanctuary's Simon Stretton wants people to "adopt" one of his 18 dingos to help keep the sanctuary running.

Mr Stretton has been running the sanctuary to help breed dingos from the Fraser Island bloodline but has struggled financially to maintain the operation.

He estimated numbers of the dingos on Fraser Island were reaching a critical level and needed outside breeding for the breeds survival.

"They've been saying there are about 200 dingos on the island but I reckon there are only about 50 or 60," Mr Stretton said.

"At those numbers you get inbreeding and it's not a viable population."

Mr Stretton operates one of the few dingo sanctuaries in Queensland but maintaining it is very expensive as his only income is a disability pension.

"It costs me $200 a week just to feed my dingos and my pension is only $400," he said.

As well as the ongoing cost of food, he needs to build and maintain many fences to keep it up to the standard to be a registered dingo sanctuary.

In exchange for the $50 adoption, people will receive an adoption certificate, a photo of their dingo and are welcome to visit the sanctuary.

If you want to adopt a dingo, go to www.durongdingosanctuaryqld.com.au.

Dingo 'Zahra' was playful with visitors. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
Dingo 'Zahra' was playful with visitors. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White
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