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ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT
FOR CAPTIVE DINGOES

In the wild dingoes cache their food and dig up grubs. Digging pits about two metres square and fifty centimetres deep filled with mulch provide a similar experience for captive dingoes.

Dingoes like water

Child clam pools placed in the yards give the dingoes water to play in. Floating food treats can be thrown into the water to make the pools more appealing.


Rotating animals around different yards encourages natural behaviours such as scent marking and raking new ground. Herbs, such as Parsley, Oregano, Chives, Mint, Rosemary and Basil and oils, such as Sandalwood, Lemon, Orange and Peppermint, can be effectively used to stimulate the dingoes natural highly developed sense of smell. Bedding used by other animals, for example from kangaros or koalas, can provide a different and interesting smell.

Scatter feeds may be buried or literally scattered around the yard. Treats such as dry liver add interest to the regular diet. Blood trails can make the food item that little harder to find.

Playing with toys

Dingoes enjoy playing with bungee cords and plastic toys although care must be taken to ensure that the dingoes cannot harm themselves by choking or getting their teeth stuck or causing a fight. The dingo needs to approach the toy in its own time.


Dingo with barrel

Forty litre water barrels make effective toys. The lid and tap is removed and the handle cut off to minimise the risk of jaws being caught under the handle. Several holes are drilled on either side. Dry food items can be used as a treat. Moist food is not desirable as uneaten food from the barrel cannot be removed.