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Papua New Guinea Endangered Species : New Guinea Singing Dog

Animal

The New Guinea Singing Dog is an endangered dog native to Papua New Guinea. It is said to be the oldest breed of dog in the world that still exists, and has existed for over 6000 years. However, the details are still unknown, suggesting that it may have existed for a long time. It is said that it may be one of the first breeds of dogs that lived with humans, and it has a very long history. Nowadays, it is a rare species of dog that is said to be on the verge of extinction. Now a completely wild dog. There is almost no contact with humans.

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Habitat

A dog that lives on New Guinea Island, between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Characteristic

The coat color is black, brown, reddish brown, and tan. They are the same size as Shiba Inu and Kai Ken, and look very similar to them. The ears are standing ears and the tail is a curled tail. The New Guinea Singing Dog was originally raised by humans and was said to be an improved livestock, but it has been separated from humans and is now completely wild. It’s called the Singing Dog because the howling voice sounds like it’s singing a song. It is a medium-sized dog with a body length of 36-46 cm and a weight of 8-14 kg.

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Ecology

It is unclear how they live with dogs that have left humans. This dog was said to be extinct until it was discovered by chance in 2016. Before that, no one had seen them for more than 50 years. In 2016, it became news that an automatic shooting camera happened to catch 15 animals including males, females and children in a remote area. It has been pointed out that there may be more New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs. However, the exact number is unknown.

Endangered species

Now that it’s completely wild and its relationships with humans are diminished, no one knows exactly how long it has survived. The New Guinea Highland Wilddog is currently being discovered in Puncak Jaya, the highest peak on New Guinea with an altitude of 4884m, which is a rather harsh environment. Maybe it has tremendous vitality.

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Breeding

It is said that the current population of the New Guinea Singing Dog, which was once extinct, is extremely small, and it is quite difficult for the general public to raise it. It will be difficult to appreciate at the zoo. There is no choice but to go to New Guinea and observe it.

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