Male New Guinea Singing Dog
Bono joined the Big Pack in the Sky on January 30th, 2022.
He was assisted at 11 years old due to mobility/quality of life.

Bono was born in November of 2010, and arrived at Wild Spirit in June of 2011. Some consider the rare and wild New Guinea singing dogs to be most like dingoes, but others report that they have completely unique DNA. They get their name from their equally unique howl which is nearly impossible to describe. Some say it sounds like a barbershop quartet, and others describe it as an ethereal trill. When we rescued Bono, we heard there were less than 200 New Guinea singing dogs in captivity, and that they may already be extinct on their native island of Papua. We read that on the island, Singers were seen more in pairs than in packs. Just recently, New Guinea singing dogs have been spotted in the wild again. For 30 years or so, no one in their native country had seen them at all, although they reported hearing them sing.

Bono’s story began with a Pennsylvania man who bought a breeding pair of New Guinea singing dogs from a flea market. That same year, he obtained another pair from a kennel that had been shut down by his state. By October of 2010, he had over 80 Singers. They endured unsanitary, makeshift living conditions, including a half dozen adults housed in travel crates stacked on top of one another. The press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said that aside from not holding the proper licenses and not vaccinating his Singers for rabies, she thought the animals seemed loved and well-fed. However, it was clear that their owner was overwhelmed and she considered him to be a hoarder. Pennsylvania animal officials decided it would be best for all but 10 of his Singers to be placed in other homes or sanctuaries, and their owner cooperated fully. We are thankful for James McIntyre from NG Singing Dogs Conservation Society who went to assist, and Tom Wendt from NG Singing Dog International who went to the rescue and found refuge for 62 of the 88 animals. We send huge thanks to Samantha Burleson from Tom’s organization who called us several months later. Five of the Singers had gone to Arizona and needed to be relocated again.

After all the details were arranged, the Singers made the trip to Wild Spirit. We were elated to welcome three girls, Foxy, Reba and Princess, and two boys, Bono and Bowie. Foxy was 2-years old in 2010; the others were only 1-year old. They all had the unusual luxury of being examined by Silje, the celebrity “Wildlife Vet” from Norway only moments after they arrived. We have done no official research so far, but in our professional opinion, Singers are capable of giving you an extreme case of “Too Cute-itis.” They will steal your heart in approximately 18 seconds.

We’ve had to do some rearranging with our five Singers in their time here. The original pack of five split into two groups, with Bono forming “The Singing Trio” with Reba and Princess. Beautiful Foxy was Princess’ mom and lived with our other boy, Bowie. Bono was happy to call Wild Spirit home instead, where he was safe, well-cared for, and adored by our staff and volunteers.



Bono was very affectionate, and welcomed every caretaker into his habitat with kisses. He enjoyed meeting new people and was a very curious, sweet, and happy guy!


Bono lived with female New Guinea singing dogs, Reba and Princess. When Princess passed he remained with Reba, greeting guests at the fence on the tour path until his final days.

Likes & Dislikes

Bono loved getting his ears scratched, playing with Reba, feeding time and going for walks.

Bono disliked when Reba received more attention than him, and like all our Singers, he was startled by sudden movements.

Fun Facts

Bono was featured on the Norwegian television show, “Wild Life Vet” when the popular program was filming an episode at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary the same week he arrived.

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