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Dog; Singing dog

Canis Lupus dingo hallostromi
Mammal

IUCN Status
As a race of possibly the oldest dogs known it is critically endangered. Seen only once since 1975 in a remote valley in 2012 by a verifiable source (photographic proof) its numbers can only be guessed at by finding scats, listening for their song, etc.



Diet

Cuscus, dwarf cassowaries, wallabies, rodents & poultry!

Habitat

Remote areas of undisturbed Papua New Guinea

Behaviour

So little wild behaviour is known – but it is theorised that singers are solitary, together for breeding and raising a litter and then reverting to their own territories.

They have flexible spines and are inclined to climb – trees, fences and walls compared to other dogs are easily negotiated!

Their singing (http://newguinea-singing-dog-conservation.org/Tidbits/sing.wav) is rather like a cross between a wolf howl and a whale song!!

Breeding

It would seem that like dingoes and unlike all other domestic dogs that the females only come into heat once a year (it is twice for all other dogs).

Fun Facts

DNA shows that this sub species of dog could actually be the origin of dingoes!

It can be viewed as a living fossil for all domestic dogs as it has lived in isolation in Papua New Guinea for at least 6,000 maybe even 12,000 years or more!

At The Zoo

Our dogs “Kota” and “Belle” are still the only singing dogs in the UK. Their offspring are now in Zoo Zlin in the Czech and Neumunster in Germany.

They have not bred for four years due to a hormonal implant in Belle but 2016 may be their year to try again?!

They have just had a change of home and a new tree house built and enjoy being out in their enclosure virtually all day!