Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service: Conservation and welfare of wildlife and dingoes on Fraser Island (K’gari)

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service: Conservation and welfare of wildlife and dingoes on Fraser Island (K’gari)

Linda Behrendorff (view profile)

Wildlife management in protected areas, regardless of the species or location, is always a difficult undertaking. Conservation management agencies walk the line between environmental preservation and visitor management with the aim of minimising risk to either party. They are often required to make difficult decisions potentially causing community conflict and divergent expectations.

In July 2013 the Queensland Government released the Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy to provide a range of management approaches to promote the best outcomes for both human safety and dingo conservation and welfare on Fraser Island.

I’ll be discussing the management of wildlife on Fraser Island as a closed ecosystem and the unique management situation involving on ground welfare and an evidence based approach to developing broader conservation of the islands’ wildlife and top order predator.