Ecosystem Report By Zoe Leonard

Questions, but no answers

Australia and Dingos. The perfect pair right? What if the Dingos in one of Australia's region poofed out of existence one day like some magic trick? Poof, poof, poof! The animal I am taking out of my ecosystem is a Dingo. You might be thinking, but the dingoes hunt and kill poor Wallabies, Koalas and Kangaroos! So what if a Dingo is gone! First, let me give you some much needed facts. Ecosystems are living things in any area or place imaginable, interacting with each other. For my ecosystem, I chose Uluru, or as you might know it, Ayers rock. Uluru is basically a giant red rock smack bang in the middle of the Australian desert.And when I say giant, I mean giant! An article from The site Uluru(Ayers rock)Australia, qoutes that “The rock was created over some 600 million years, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. It originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground. One of the most startling Uluru facts however, is that some 2.5kms of its bulk is underground!” Ecosystems are also hanging in a balance. If one animal left, the whole thing would crumble. So, what would happen? Read on to find out.

Uluru’s land has a lot of diverse wildlife. For example, the Dingo is top of the food chain. Some other animals include Kangaroos, Parrots, Koalas and Blue tongue lizards to name a few. So, for my living thing I chose a Dingo. This means that a Dingo would be taken out of the ecosystem. A Dingo is a consumer because it eats other animals. A consumer consumes other animals, hence the name.

Backstories

The relationship a Dingo has with other animals is Predator, Prey. This relationship means that one animal, the predator, hunts and eats another animal that is the prey. Consequently, the predator gets a meal and benefits, but the prey dies, which is not beneficial in the least.The Dingo is the predator, and the Koalas, Wallabies and Kangaroos are the prey. This is important to the ecosystem because without dingos hunting them, these animals would go out of control and eat up all the plants and no other animals would be able to live. In the Australian desert, what water plants consume means water for another animal.

Finally, some anwsers.

Some food chains in my ecosystem are Marigold daisy, Inch man bull Ant, Red Kangaroo, Dingo. Another is Red river tree, Koala, Dingo. These food chains would change immensely if a dingo was taken out. For example, as a result of the dingo being taken out, koalas, Kangaroos and Greater Stick Nose Rats would eat up all the vegetation, consequently killing several other animal species such as Princess Parrots and Emus.

The end, or is it?

In conclusion, the ecosystem that I chose, Uluru, would basically be non existent without Dingos. Some things that would is that koalas and Kangaroos would eat up all the plants and several species would die. Ecosystems are living things in any area interacting with each other and also non living things. One final thought here, what if humans actually drove animals like dingos to extinction? Maybe bees will die off. What do you think will happen then?

Dingo
Map of Australia with Uluru, (Ayers Rock)
Kangaroos
Thanks for reading!

Credits:

Created with images by Walkerssk - "uluru australia monolith" • SarahB- - "More dingoes" • ralph and jenny - "Red Kangaroo" • EpicFireworks - "fireworks"

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