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Introducing Yani and Maliki

14 August 2014

Healesville Sanctuary is delighted to announce the names of their newest arrivals. Sister dingo puppies will be called Yani and Maliki. This follows a naming competition which received more than 1,600 entries.

“Our keepers chose these names because Yani and Maliki are both Indigenous names from northern Queensland, meaning peace and dingo,” Mr Glen Holland, Healesville Sanctuary’s Director said. “We always get great support when we ask the public to help us name our animals.”

There is quite a difference between resident dingoes at Healesville Sanctuary, and this newest pair.

Alpine Dingoes adapt to live in the snow in the south-east region of Australia with their thick, double coat. Tropical Dingoes can be found along the northern coast of Australia and are most famous as the dingoes that can be seen on Fraser Island. Tropical Dingoes only have a single coat due to their climate adaptations.

Yani and Maliki are the Sanctuary’s first ever Tropical Dingo puppy pair. “Like a whole range of animals, those closer to the equator tend to be smaller than those that are closer to the Arctic/Antarctic regions,” Sue Jaensch, Assistant Curator, Wild Natives, Healesville Sanctuary said. “Think of the northern Koala versus the southern Koala." This phenomenon is known as the Bergmann’s Cline. The cause of these physical differences is that the two breeds have simply been isolated and have adapted over generations to the environments that they are found.