“For the first time in more than half a century, researchers have confirmed the presence of New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs (HWD) living at high altitude locations on the island of New Guinea. The HWD, similar to the New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD), is the rarest, most ancient canid currently living. (Prior to this discovery, there were only known to be about 200 – 300 NGSDs living in captivity.) With no confirmed reports of wild specimens and only two potentially credible photographs, many feared that the HWD had become extinct in its native range and habitat along New Guinea’s remote central mountain spine.
Some of the first definitive images of the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog in over 50 years. Here, a pregnant female investigates a scent lure (top); two pups explore scent lures (bottom).