Fraser dingo feeder releases book

Jennifer Parkhurst’s new book is set to spark controversy.
Jennifer Parkhurst’s new book is set to spark controversy.

IN A move that is sure to spark controversy, Jennifer Parkhurst, who was fined $40,000 last year for feeding dingoes on Fraser Island, has released a book on her time with the dingoes.

When her plans to publish the book about her experiences were first revealed in November, Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick said he would assess whether sales of work could be considered proceeds of crime.

There has been no word since on whether that had been determined but Ms Parkhurst’s book, Vanishing Icon: The Fraser Island Dingo, is now available.

The Rainbow Beach photographer spent up to six days a week over five years working on the island to “reveal the intimate details of the dingo’s life in the wild,” a press release promoting the book says.

Ms Parkhurst’s close observation of the dingoes landed her in hot water last year after she was found guilty of feeding the dingoes.

Not only was she fined $40,000, she also received a nine-month suspended sentence for feeding 17 dingoes over a 13-month period.

The 43-year-old vowed never to feed dingoes again and said it would be a long time before she would again visit the island.

But releasing the book was perhaps a cathartic exercise for Ms Parkhurst, who has included 180 photos of dingoes in the wild in her book.

“Learn about every aspect of the dingo’s life; where it lives, how it raises its pups, how it hunts and what it eats; its family social structure, its character and much more,” the release reads.

The release also describes Ms Parkhurst’s history with dingoes.

“Artist and photographer Jennifer Parkhurst met her first dingo over 25 years ago on the beach in Womboyne National Park, New South Wales,” it states.

“It was love at first sight.

“Since then she has travelled to almost every state in Australia – through the outback, along little-used desert tracks, to places remote and strange and, inevitably, to World Heritage Fraser Island to fulfil her passion for photographing and studying Australia’s native dog.”

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