Dingoes on Fraser Island—Tourism Dream or Management Nightmare

Authors: Thompson, Jim; Shirreffs, Leslie; McPhail, Ian

Source: Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 1 June 2003, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 37-47(11)


Buy & download fulltext article:

The full text article is temporarily unavailable.

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please try again later.


Fraser Island is a unique tourist destination catering to more than 300,000 visitors annually. A significant attraction of the World Heritage-listed island are the dingoes, which are regarded as one of the purest strains in Australia. The dingo population is estimated to be between 150 and 200 animals and their conservation is of national significance. Concerns have long been expressed about the potential for dangerous interactions between dingoes and humans. As visitation to the Island has increased, aspects of the environment have changed and dingoes have altered their normal habits. Management practices have focussed on removing unnatural food sources, such as open rubbish dumps, and educating the public. On April 30, 2001, dingoes mauled a 9-year-old boy to death and the public demanded firm management decisions. However, the fundamental question remained. Do we manage the animals or the people? Public opinion was polarised. This article describes the issues and politics of managing dingoes and tourists on Fraser Island, and highlights how a single serious incident can influence management decisions.

Keywords: conservation; dingo; policy; tourism; wildlife management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10871200390180136

Affiliations: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2003

Related content


Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content

Text size:

A | A | A | A
Share this item with others: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. print icon Print this page