Important Notice: Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown

The Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre will be pushed to the edge of the financial abyss, as these two coming months are the only time of year where cubs are normally with us and we are able to raise the funds to float us through the forthcoming year via our educational presentations and encounter sessions. We have spent effort and precious funds in preparing our facility for your comfort and enjoyment this winter.

Unlike many other wildlife facilities we receive no regular Government funding for our conservation, education and preservation efforts, but must rely on our own initiatives to keep our sanctuary operational.

All is not lost. We have found options.

Cubs will still be available all the way to October, this year, as we planned for a later litter, and where it is at all possible, we will attempt to re-schedule sessions to honour our bona-fide ticket sales, so that those who booked may still have their dingo cub cuddles. If we cannot fit you into a weekend, post lockdown, we will do our best to find a weekday slot for you.

So, rather than cancel we ask that you consider a postponement – and possible better weather conditions for your experience.

If circumstances do not allow for postponement we ask that you consider donating your ticket payment to our Australian Dingo Foundation charity trust, and taking a fully tax deductible receipt in lieu, which can be dated when you paid for your reservation.

Regional Victorian supporters and clients – stay tuned. We are working on other options for you, which will be announced when arrangements are in place.

Solutions may take a little time, but we are working hard at finding them.

Many thanks for your patience – your cub cuddles have a while left before used-by date.
Please bear with us.

If your booking has been affected, or you have any questions please email us at support@dingofoundation.org 

Stay safe,

Your Team at Dingo Discovery Sanctuary

“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering”

~ Aldo Leopold, Conservationist ~

Australian Dingo Foundation

The Australian Dingo Foundation is a team of dedicated volunteers who undertake various tasks to ensure the wellbeing and high quality of care for the resident animals, as well as an array of ancillary tasks such as veterinary, legal and investment advice, molecular laboratory work, recreational training, fundraising, school education visits, and attendance at public and community events.

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Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre

The Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre, is a unique conservation establishment set on 40 acres in the picturesque foothills of the Macedon Ranges., 35 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Established in 1990, aims to Preserve and conserve the gene pool of the original dingo, educate the public on the species ecological function in Australian ecosystems, Facilitate non-invasive scientific research, and Participate in the future rehabilitation of the dingo.

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Dingo Encounter Tours

Book a private tour of the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre.

Dingo Encounter Tours

Tours run for 1.5 hours at either 11am or 2pm, and are available via appointment subject to volunteer availability.

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Make a Donation

How to make a donation and help save the dingo.

Make a Donation

Australian Dingo Foundation is a non-profit organisation that welcomes donors, both individually and corporate, large or small.

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Sponsor a Dingo

Help us ensure a genetically diverse, pure dingo gene pool collection at the Sanctuary.

Sponsor a Dingo

Sponsors help us to provide care for each individual animal including food, enrichment, medications, enclosure maintenance, and basic needs.

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The Dingo

The dingo (Canis dingo) is an iconic, Australian native wild canid, which is loved by a huge majority of the populace. A marked shift in the public and scientific communities’ attitude toward the role, and protection of dingoes in Australia has been officially recognised over the past decade. This is primarily due to their important ecological function as Australia’s only terrestrial top predator, where regulation and suppression of many species such as kangaroos, rabbits, foxes and cats, naturally promotes ecosystem balance.

Unfortunately, the dingo has suffered the same fate as the grey wolf (Canis lupus) by coming into conflict with graziers, and becoming a convenient scapegoat for profit losses. It’s a cultural issue, where the fear of what may be possible is more real than what does, or is likely to occur.

On the contrary, many studies are finding a case for the re-introduction of the dingo into previously occupied habitat ranges, in order to return some balance to environmentally degraded areas, as a result of unregulated and out-dated farming practices.

Each day, more credible evidence of this is made available in the face of what has largely been unsubstantiated conjecture by the rural lobby that has been exaggerated by the media.

Dingoes have faced ongoing cultural persecution via bounty hunts, trapping and 1080 baiting. Consequently, they are under severe threat of eradication, particularly along the south-eastern seaboard of Australia, where agricultural and urban developments dominate. Dingoes are currently considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but it has been largely left up to sanctuaries, such as ours, to fight for the protection and future of the dingo.

In order to bring relief and a glimmer of hope to the survival of a species that if left alone, would thrive, The Australian Dingo Foundation was formed in 2006.

Application was made to the Federal Government, and in 2007 recognition as a conservation-orientated organisation with charity status was conferred. The ADF oversees the wellbeing of the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre, and its precious gene pool to ensure that there are dingoes in the future. The dingo is a unique, wild canid species that needs to be appreciated as a vital “cog”, for the functioning of the “wheel”, that is our Australian environment.