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Why Study the Wild New Guinea Singing Dog?

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

The New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary as a 501c3 Non-Profit

The view from Rose Singadan’s second study site at Snow Pass, looking toward Mt. Wilhelm

New Guinea, the second largest island in the world, has mountain ranges tall enough to have permanent glaciers. Many remote areas have never been fully explored. The mountains from about 2,000 – 4,700 m (6,000 to 11,000 feet) are home to the New Guinea dingo (NGD), also called the New Guinea singing dog, a named given for its Chorus Howl. The NGD Chorus Howl is different from other canids’ communal howls because they are not merely all howling at the same time, but appear to be actually coordinating their howls, counterpointing each other, and creating what are known in human singing as “overtones” or “ringing chords” in which voices combine creating an added note.

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