Many animal species have been lost to extinction. Whether through natural means or human interference, these animal species could have helped us understand our world better.
One of these animals that are considered extinct is the New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs. These dogs had unique vocalizations, which is why Caucasians called them the New Guinea Singing Dog.
However, until just recently, a group of researches found that a pack of wild dogs has been living on the side of the island of Papua, New Guinea, that belonged to Indonesia. The wild dogs very much resembled the Highland Wild Dogs, and soon, it became clear to the researchers that the rarest dog breed in the world is still alive in the wild!
James McIntyre was part of the researchers who rediscovered the rare dog breed. He is the founder of the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation. Together with other researchers, McIntyre published a research article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, proving that the discovered pack of wild dogs are in fact, the original Highland Wild Dogs.
The sighting of the rarest dog breed was documented in 2016, but it was not until recently when the team collected DNA samples from two elusive wild dogs when they were able to prove through DNA testing that they were, in fact, the original “singing dogs.” McIntyre felt honored and humbled to have been part of the rediscovery of the Highland Wolf Dogs. According to him, they’ve only just realized the importance of the Highland Wild Dogs as the key to a missing link canid that held answers to so many questions that science has yet to reveal.
The rediscovered Highland Wild Dogs are considered “living fossils,” as 200 of the dogs in captivity are inbred versions. McIntyre is hopeful that the ancient dogs’ rediscovery in the wild will help their conservation efforts and eventually bolster their numbers in the wild.