Jennifer Britton Parkhurst began her quest to save dingoes after doing research on her dog Fred. Fred is a rescued Carolina Dog. When Parkhurst ran across a photo of an Australian dingo, she was amazed to see the resemblance between the two canines. That was no coincidence, she was to find out. Carolina Dogs, she says, are American dingo, and distant relatives of the wolf and Australian dingo.
Parkhurst isn't from Australia. She lives in New York. So imagine her surprise when she found out she shares a name with the Jane Goodall of the Fraser Island dingoes, author Jennifer Parkhurst. Check out the Australian Parkhurst’s amazing work with dingoes at Fraser Island Footprints.
These revelations spurred Jennifer Britton Parkhurst to want to do more for the Australian dingo. She contacted others, wrote letters and soon joined up with a dedicated team of people committed to helping the Australian dingoes. Parkhurst admits she’d be lost without the rest of the team. Read more about the people behind The Ochre Project.
Originally created to bring awareness, change and preservation to the dingoes of Fraser Island, Australia, The Ochre Project has grown to create further awareness to the plight and possible demise of all purebred dingoes in Australia.
One of the original team members plans to embark upon an "Awareness Walk"
encompassing the length of Australia's western seaboard. Going along with him will be his beloved dingo "Jack".
A virtual, ongoing event is set up on Facebook to help stop the senseless killing of dingoes. No matter where you live, you are encouraged to join. When you join the event, submit a photo with the tag phrase “I wear ochre because…” Photo can either be added to your Facebook post or emailed to Parkhurst at JBPNYC@GMAIL.COM. Already more than 3,000 photos have been received according to Parkhurst. See The Ochre Project website for a sampling of the photos submitted.
Read The Ochre Project: raising awareness of the dingo cull - Part I for more information on the plight of the dingoes and ways to help the Australian dogs before they are gone from the wild.
And maybe, just maybe, if you join The Ochre Project's online event, a charming dingo named Jack will be there to greet you.
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