The New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation was established by founder James “Mac” McIntyre and his friend and mentor, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, co-founder, for the pursuit of studying and conserving the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog. Based on the principle and motto of “Science First”, the foundation wishes to provide a central platform for the best and brightest to research and examine genetics, behavior, conservation, reproductive science and management, and a host of other data and information regarding the HWD. The NGHWDF will both seek and provide funding for worthy projects and studies in partnership with universities, zoos and other qualified facilities and persons.
The NGHWDF will also establish a DNA based registry and, with genetic support from UC Davis and Cornell Universities, offer centralized breeding resources for all HWDs and captive NGSDs. Boasting some of the most preeminent scientists in the world, the foundation hopes to facilitate research to better understand canid evolution, canid-human co-evolution, taxonomy and phylogeny, and many other related topics.
These studies are now possible due to the recent re-discovery of the HWD in its indigenous habitat. Previously, all research was based on captive NGSD populations, which was problematic due to the unknown effects of captivity and breeding within a restricted gene pool. The availability of HWD specimens and biological samples creates a nearly endless world of possibilities for future research and understanding this “missing link” species. This research will not only contribute to our understanding of canids, but human evolution, as well.