NEW GUINEA SINGING DOG
Commonly referred to as “Singers” by those who know them, the New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD) is widely considered to be one of the rarest canines in the world. With only two possible sightings in the wild, one being confirmed, there are an estimated 17 left in the wild. So how did Shy Wolf Sanctuary come to rescue such rare canids?
“Singers” are a wild canine native to Papua New Guinea off Australia. They were first discovered and classified as their own species by a man named Hallstromi (Canis hallstromi) but later were reclassified as a subspecies of the dingo. Currently, taxonomy is still unclear but generally they are considered to be Canis lupus dingo hallstromi or Canis dingo hallstromi. The original pair went to a zoo in Australia and it is widely thought that most captive bred Singers trace back to this pair.