The Australian Native Dog Conservation Society (ANDCS), an organisation with a membership of over two hundred people worldwide and a network of supporters in the academic, political and canine world was formed in October 1976 by Berenice Walters (pictured below) to promote a better understanding and knowledge of Australia’s Native Dog, the Dingo, and its official recognition and protection as native fauna.
Berenice came to an Obedience Club hosted by Lucille Ellem and brought her Dingo to be trained. “At the time I was Chief Instructor, and she called her dingo a cross Kelpie because in those days you were not allowed to own one. We got on well and I went to her property in Bargo, met up with all the dingoes and became committee members, did some training with the other dingoes and I stayed with the ANDCS with the hope to bring recognition to the breed, to have them recognised as an Australian Native keeping the Australian ecosystem in balance, and to stop senseless killing and 1080 poisoning”.
Berenice has since passed. Her legacy continues through various blogs and pages dedicated to her memory, and through the Sanctuary here.
Berenice Walters – founder member ANDCS
The Society addresses issues relating to the Dingo and related canids. Education being the Society’s primary function.
It is envisaged that the 32 Dingo residents at the Dingo Sanctuary will help contribute towards conservation of the Dingo. In addition, the Society has contributed funds to the University of NSW for the development of a DNA test which, it is hoped, will allow Dingoes to be differentiated from similar-looking domestic dogs and hybrids and will facilitate the preservation of Australia’s Native Dog. Learn more about the Dingoes and DNA testing in our page About Dingoes.
Love ’em or hate ’em, most people have an interest in dogs one way or another! At the Dingo Sanctuary, set in magical, open woodland-style, Australian native plant gardens, visitors are accompanied around the facility for hands-on introduction to the Dingoes by knowledgeable volunteers. The first thing which strikes many is the peace and calm. There are no jostling crowds.
There is almost complete absence of noise from the 32 canine residents. Usually birds, and the gentle rustling of leaves in the trees soaring above, are all that is heard in the background as each Dingo is introduced with humorous anecdotes, illustrating aspects of their ecology and biology. There is no set commentary – visitors are encouraged to ask questions, and dialogue can range over a diversity of canine-related topics.
The Dingo Sanctuary is a public company and registered charity which maintains a colony of Dingoes for public education and Dingo conservation.
We are situated at Bargo in the Wollondilly Shire on the south western outskirts of Sydney.
Here visitors are able to meet and learn about dingoes in a natural setting. A volunteer accompanies visitors, giving them a guided tour and answering questions. Video presentations are available on request.
Lucille Ellem – founder member ANDCS
Planning a visit?
Our Sanctuary is open 7 days a week. Visiting times are –
10am – 12noon or 12noon – 2pm
Please ring or fill in our convenient online booking form.
0419 488-680 or 0408 889-137
We welcome tour groups any day of the week with the provision the bookings are made in advance.
Meet our dedicated staff below …
Meet the staff
Meet the people who work tirelessly to keep the sanctuary open and the dingoes happy and healthy.