Two new dingoes born at Oakvale swells Salt Ash wildlife park's pack to five

Oakvale Wildlife Park's dingo pack has swelled to five with the birth of two new pups in June.

The two male dingo pups were born on Friday, June 18 and have since been under the watchful eye of parents Hunter and Gilli, and kept Oakvale's keepers on their toes.

"Everyone is excited about the new addition to the park," Oakvale owner Kent Sansom said.

"All of our staff can't stop watching them grow and play.

"Apart from being very cute, the dingo puppies play a crucial role in raising awareness for their DNA pure species.

"Dingoes are problematic in some parts of Australia, however, they remain an important animal in Australia's ecosystem."

Oakvale now has five dingoes in its care: Hunter, Gilli, their female offspring Picasso and now the two new pups, which have yet to be named.

Mr Sansom added that the pups have already begun to show mischievous personalities - which is why Oakvale's keepers have been kept on their toes.

In the weeks since their birth, the pups have grown fast.

A dingo pup grows twice the rate of a domesticated puppy, which Oakvale keepers are watching in real time.

Dingoes grow faster than domesticated dogs. For comparison, the white heeler pups were born the same day as the brown dingo pups.

Dingoes grow faster than domesticated dogs. For comparison, the white heeler pups were born the same day as the brown dingo pups.

The Sansom's domesticated heeler gave birth on the same day as Gilli and already the size difference between the litters can be seen.

"You can see from the photos just how much quicker the dingo pups grow compared to the domestic pups," Mr Sansom said.

Now that the pups are more agile on their feet and have settled into their enclosure, from Saturday, July 10 Oakvale will begin offering private encounters with the two new dingoes for visitors to purchase.

The encounter will enable visitors hands-on interaction with the pup along with a conservation talk by Oakvale's keepers.

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