The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks

The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks➮ [Read] ➪ The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks By Laurie Corbett ➺ – Today the dingo Australia's native dog is threatened by extinction and faces conservation problems comparable to those that beset North American wolves and coyotes In a work of natural history that re Today the In Australia MOBI ó dingo Australia's native dog is threatened by extinction and faces conservation problems comparable to those that beset North American wolves and coyotes In a The Dingo PDF/EPUB ² work of natural history that reveals both the captivating and the harsh faces of the Australian outback the world's leading expert on dingoes presents what is currently Dingo In Australia PDF/EPUB Ã known about their ancestry biology behavior and ecology Sharing personal observations gleaned from twenty years of research Laurence K Laurie Corbett introduces the world of the dingo Dingo In Australia and Asia ePUB ✓ to a wide audience from amateur wildlife enthusiasts to mammalogistsA subspecies of the gray wolf the dingo Canis Dingo In Australia and Asia ePUB ✓ lupus dingo appears to have been brought to Australia at least three thousand years ago by Asian mariners Corbett considers the evolution of these animals their present distribution and their relations with indigenous people in Asia and Australia Enhancing his discussion with eight pages of color plates and thirty four black and white illustrations he then offers information on their identification and habitats and outlines methods for studying them He explores the gamut of social and chemical communication among dingoes focusing on patterns fo aggression dominance and submission Corbett speculates on the evolution of dingo society in Australia and describes the social dynamics of the pack in the wild and in captivity He also covers the dingo's feeding ecology hunting tactics and competition with other predatorsIn conclusion Corbett examines the problem of crossbreeding among dingoes and domestic breeds and assesses policy options for ensuring the survival of the elusive yellow dogLaurie Corbett is Principal Research Scientist at the Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre Division of Wildlife and Ecology of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Darwin Australia.


The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks ePUB
  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks
  • Laurie Corbett
  • English
  • 12 June 2016
  • 9780801482649

12 thoughts on “The Dingo In Australia and Asia Cornell Paperbacks

  1. Anna says:

    The Dingo in Australia and Asia was interesting to read and is very difficult to rate There are aspects of the book I would like to give 5 stars and other aspects I want to give minus 5 starsGood stuff dingoes and their role in Australian ecologyThe Dingo in Australia and Asia offers a wealth of information from studies of wild and captive dingoes in different regions of Australia and covers a wide range of topics centred around dingoes I liked the parts about vocal communication howling patterns predator prey interactions and population dynamics which give insights into dingoes' communication systems and how wild animal populations regulate each otherAnother good aspect of the book is the glimpse into the tremendous role of the European invasion and the rabbit introduction in shaping the Australian fauna and landscape as it is today where rabbits are a main food item on the menu of probably all the larger predatorsThere is also a fascinating little glimpse into the childhood history of a litter of wild dingo pups on page 93 97 with a sad ending thoughThe layout of the book is excellent with pleasant type and set up illustrations colour photos drawings tables graphs uite smooth page texture and best of all good wide margins to write notes inInteresting dispersal sinksAn interesting aspect is how human control activities to remove dingoes impact dingo populations and not always with the intended effect Eradication of dingoes by human control methods creates “dispersal sinks” vacant territories that attract new dingoes from surrounding areas when they disperse from their natal packs Thus these areas ‘suck’ in dingoes from surrounding areas in a continuous flow like a sinkAlso the killing of dingoes tends to fragment large stable family packs into smaller units Dingoes like wolves have a one litter per pack per year ‘policy’ so larger numbers of small packs rather than fewer larger packs result in breeding dingoes and thereby a net result of dingoes being produced overall and thereby the need to kill dingoes to keep numbers down So therefore human control activities to reduce dingo numbers can sometimes increase dingo numbersNuisancesSlightly annoying drawbacks include messy categories at times some factual inaccuracies eg rabies free countries in the world p 28 super easy to look up online and not explaining how he arrives on some conclusions so it is sometimes unclear whether an opinion of his is speculation Moderately frustrating drawbacks include lack of references and in one case at least doubtful references For example on p 133 it says “In a study of captive wolves ” and the next paragraph starts with “Other studies of captive wolves have suggested that ” but there is no reference to any wolf studies in that chapter’s reference list at all In fact I found only 2 references to wolf behaviour studies in the reference lists for all the chapters and both were to outmoded captive wolf studies by Rudolf Schenkel Dingo pack ABCA dingo pack like a wolf pack is essentially an extended nuclear family consisting of the parents called the breeding pair or the alpha pair and some of their offspring sometimes called beta Only the breeding pair breeds and only once a year Dingoes are like wolves in that regard and unlike domestic dogs Most offspring disperse when they reach sexual maturity and if they survive long enough they’ll find an unrelated mate and breed somewhere else hence creating their new pack on a new territory and becoming new “alphas” parents Offspring that chose to remain pack members of their natal pack don’t reproduce but help rear their youngest siblingsThat is the basic ABC of dingo packs as well as wolf packs Corbett mentions it on p 59Packs are essentially extended families similar to wolves and other canids; they comprise a mated pair their offspring of the year plus some offspring from previous seasonsand on p 91 observing wild packs in a specific location Packs comprise a mated pair and their young from previous years But everywhere else the social structures and behaviours of dingo packs are described with complicating jargon that obscures the family structure For example on page 35In stable packs the most dominant alpha female usually the oldest tends to come in oestrus before the other females in the pack and some subordinate females seem to go through a pseudopregnancySince the alpha female is usually the mother and the subordinate females her daughters what is the point of mentioning that the mother is usually older than her daughters?Curly’s MobThe biggest problem with the book is that the important chapter on social dynamics along with Corbett’s general conclusions on dingoes’ social relations pack formation and structure breeding suppressing etc throughout the book all build on a doubtful study of a captive dingo pack nicknamed Curly’s Mob Page 80This chapter first describes the structure of a dingo pack in captivity to suggest how wild packs are formed and maintainedCurly’s Mob was kept in a nature imitating open air enclosure A male and a female dingo were inserted in the enclosure at the beginning of the experiment and allowed to breed at will to create a pack They had pups thereby becoming the alpha pair breeding pair of their pack in the making Their offspring were allowed to breed at will too They could off course not disperse and go looking for mates somewhere else when they reached sexual maturity as wild dingoes do but bred with each other and their fatherThe breeding pair did not prevent any of their offspring from mating and their daughters all fell pregnant sooner or later Breeding suppression or the reuirement that only the alpha pair parents have pups was met by means of infanticide the mother Toots the alpha female killed all her daughter’s pups shortly after they were born sometimes with help from other family members Her daughters then helped rear her pups The experiment ran for 3 years and if I understand it right had to stop on ethical grounds after 2 pregnant females were mauled and killed by their family membersCorbett draws a wealth of conclusions about wild dingoes from the Curly’s Mob study throughout the book A freuently repeated one is that dingoes use infanticide as reproductive regulation rather than suppress copulation of subordinate members like wolves do p 42 and many other places although he finds it peculiar that dingoes waste energy having pups that are just going to get killed anyway I think the study design of Curly's Mob is mindless and it seems like a poor proxy for wild dingo packsMaybe dingoes do use infanticide as their main method of reproductive suppression but that is hard to know when Curly's offspring were prevented from dispersing and finding unrelated mates and have their pups somewhere else where they themselves would become new alphas as wild dingoes do Would the alpha female still have killed all her daughters’ pups? Presuming most of her daughters had dispersed and mated and had pups somewhere else thereby starting new packs and becoming breeding females alphas she would probably not even have known they existedWhat about the fact that every one of the killed pups was severely inbred offspring of sisterbrother and fatherdaughter matings? The genetic health of the inbred pups would have been sub average Some could even have had birth defects and other detectable weaknesses Maybe that could have played a role too Maybe infanticide is an incest barrier Plan B? Also the social dynamics of the pack could have been influenced by mating eager youngsters who could not leave and pursue an unrelated mate as they naturally would Could that have triggered some of the incestuous matings sexual violence and harassment of pregnant females?Maybe or maybe not Maybe that is the natural social dynamics of wild dingo packs or some wild dingo packs or wild dingo packs under certain conditions or maybe only of captive dingo packs I am not the scientist but it seems like reasonable sceptical uestions to ask There are too many shady variables and I would have liked a cautious and reflective approach from Corbett in his conclusions about wild dingoes based on Curly's MobConservation fanaticismCorbett's tone is rational and impassive all the way through as he comments on the effectiveness of large scale poison baiting campaigns spices chapters with doggers’ tales and praises Thai dingo abattoirs for being a reliable source of dingo skulls and other samples for scientific use Animals are collectibles and population numbers and casualties not personalities Fair enough it is a science book after all it has to be detached from its subject I supposeThat is until the last chapter “The Future of Expatriate Dingoes” From that point the tone converts from dry science to big soap opera scaremongering drama about the threat of extinction of the dingo by aerial baiting campaigns? Dispersal sinks? No hybridsCorbett estimates that there are few if any pure dingoes left in the southern regions of Australia and says that the pure dingo populations in the Northern regions of Australia as well as in Asia are under severe threat from hybridisation which is cross breeding between dingoes and domestic dogsHe gives no scientific justification as to why dingoes must be pure and why hybridisation euals extinction It just is so because when dingoes are not pure then they are not dingoesThere are many thousand feral dogs in the Australian outback A big proportion of the plentiful Australian camp dogs outback Aboriginal village dogs are uite likely hybrids What will Corbett do about that kill them all? To eradicate hybrids would the ideal scenario according to Corbett albeit not realistic He discusses the idea of an island based pure breeding programme as conservation strategy on page 176 177In an ideal world people would own only neutered domestic dogs or dingoes; there would be adeuate stocks of live dingoes and ova and sperm stored by dingo breeders representing dingo diversity from all major Australian and Asian habitats; the bush would be cleared of all feral hybrids and feral dogs; stock would be totally protected from dingo predation; and the dream of releasing pure dingoes into the wild could then begin The bush would be cleared of all feral hybrids and feral dogs because they are not real dingoes they are genetic pollution Conservationism in its most fanatic form So I ended up playing Bullshit Bingo with the last chapter to detach myself from the 'appeal to emotion' type of rhetoric and keep my unease at bay I circled all the epic drama type of words such as “last bastions” “alarming rate” “doomed” extinction” “infiltrate” “purity” “contamination” “save” “admirable” and “losing the war” as well as normatively loaded words like “must” “win over” and “should” in connection therewith such as “hybrid populations that should be terminated” Then counted all the circles 56 in 16 pages Bingo SummaryThe book is rich on information observation data about the dingo's role in Australian ecology Its weak aspects are the parts about social dynamics which are based on a experimental study of a captive dingo pack called Curly's Mob The author also has an ideological conservationist agenda and looses himself in an appeal to emotion type of rhetoric wherever he talks about hybridisation of dingo populations Besides these drawbacks the book is worth reading albeit I recommend to keep the sceptical reading glasses on and take some of the conclusions with a grain of salt Outmoded because newer studies of wolf packs in the wild have shown that the social structure of wild wolf packs differ fundamentally from those of the captive wolf packs so that the observations can not be extrapolated from captive to wild packs as it had originally been assumed That is not how Bullshit Bingo is really played

  2. Pamela King says:

    Some information is a bit dated now with recent research but still of interest

  3. Andre says:

    This book is not very long but very informative though About the Dingo it is one of the few and seemingly the only good book that treats only the Dingo some of Trumler's and Feddersen Petersen's books also deal with them In fact I wonder how this book would have turned had Corbett known these two who knows whether he would have so keenly stated that a dingo is not a domestic dog since he doesn't really say what makes a dog a domestic dog mainly because dingoes show the same features that are considered typical for domestic dogs But this is not really a drawback especially because his remarks are almost always objective and he never romanticized nor demonized the Dingo as do many others apparently do today Unfortunately there are two major drawbacks of this book 1 Corbett often doesn't really say how he came to his conclusions eg why were all these prehistoric dogs dingoes in his opinion not just their ancestors 2 His positions on Dingo hybrids I cannot help but to come to the conclusion that his apparent rejection of these dogs is based on pure ideology if not even racism because it adds no objective reason to why it should be something bad Everyone who reads the book I advise to read further especially because Corbett had later revised his views on dingoes and hybrids

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