In recent years we have also made our dingoes available for non-invasive scientific research. We have a long standing association Dr. Alan Wilton from the Molecular Science Lab the University of NSW (pictured with Lyn and researcher Bradley Smith), which focused on a comparative genome project to determine the true ancient background of the dingo in Australia.
In July and August 2010, a team of researchers from Harvard conducted a number of crucial cognitive studies, following the publication in esteemed scientific journals of work carried out here in 2008 by Bradley Smith of University of South Australia.
When Bradley documented the use of tools by dingoes at the Sanctuary, the entire scientific world sat up and took notice. This has led to contacts from scientists from the northern hemisphere, and we expect ongoing proposals of which will in turn, lead to a new respect for Australia’s only wild canid.
Cognitive research has also been conducted with a team led by PhD candidate, Angie Johnston, and director, Laurie Santos, from the Canine Cognition Lab at Yale University over the past few years with great success. The most recent research, which focuses on eye contact between wolves, dingoes and domestic dogs, is to be published in Animal Behaviour, November 2017.
We have also assisted Dr. Michael Parsons of Murdoch University, WA, and Linda van Bommel of Australian National University, with various studies on dingo by-products as non-lethal biological deterrents. Arthur Rylah Institute has also conducted aversion studies here.