New Guinea Singing Dogs (scientific name: Canis hallstromi) are well known for their shy, elusive behavior. Unlike many canid species, scientists believe that they are solitary rather than pack animals. They are quite agile with the ability to jump high in the air like a cat. They are also excellent climbers and diggers. New Guinea singing dogs get their name from the various vocalizations that they make, with each individual making their own unique sound.
- Goldish red coat
- Black and tan coats
- White markings
- Narrow muzzles
- Petal shaped ears
New Guinea singing dogs are found in the mountains and thick forests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The most recent sitings place them in the Mandala mountains of West Papua Indonesia.
New Guinea Singing Dog 21-30 pounds
- Small Mammals
- Dwarf Cassowary
- Habitat Loss
New Guinea singing dogs are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
Scientists believe that captive New Guinea singing dogs are all descendants of eight individuals.
- Considered: Endangered