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Longest living dingo found on Fraser Island

A Fraser Island dingo, tagged at Central Station.
A Fraser Island dingo, tagged at Central Station. Alistair Brightman

RESEARCHERS found what is believed to be the nation's longest living dingo on Fraser Island.

Living for 13 years, the dingo was the oldest recorded from the wild.

She was captured, microchipped and ear-tagged while a subadult in February 2003, recaptured and retagged in March 2012, and then found dead in October 2014.

The dingo was discovered during a 14-year research program on the island led by Linda Behrendoff.

The results of the program were recently published by University of Southern Queensland professor Benjamin Allen.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers have been tagging the dingoes since 2001.

Dr Allen said Fraser Island was a rare environment to track the species.

"It's a unique environment because they see them year after year and it's so easy to tag and track the dog," he said.

"We don't study dingoes in that way very often.

"It's a really interesting observation."

It is believed dingoes live for about 10 years.

While excited to see a dingo on the island live that long, Dr Allen said there was still uncertainty surrounding the significance of the discovery.

"Maybe they live that long everywhere, who knows?"

Dr Allen said dingoes did live longer in captivity due to the relaxed lifestyle.

"We give them good tucker and they live a life without stress; we'd all live a lot longer with a life like that," he said.

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