The press is twittering over the notion that there might be a Tasmanian Tiger still extent in Northern Australia.
There's no such animal there.
The marsupial wolf, known as the Tasmanian Tiger, has not been seen in mainland Australian for at least 2,000 years. I'm not saying there's not a possible animal in Tasmania, but northern Australia? Nope. That said, perhaps the camera trap effort to follow will give a better view of local wildlife numbers.
Along the same lines, I have been sent several links to stories about how the "New Guinea Highland Wild Dog," once thought extinct, has been "rediscovered."
Nope. Look, I'm not interested in breaking anyone's begging bowl, but the "New Guinea Highland Wild Dog," aka the New Guinea Singing Dog has never been thought to be extinct. There are at least 15 zoos in the U.S. with New Guinea Singing Dogs on display, and no one who has seriously looked for the dogs in the wild high mountain valleys of Papua New Guinea at 8,000-15,000 feet has ever failed to find them.
This is not to say that getting to 8,000 to 15,000 feet up the very steep mountains of remote Papua New Guinea is easy. The land is very steep, there are few roads of any kind, the ground is often marsh-like, bugs are everywhere, and it's a strictly "hope you don't die out there" kind of habitat. As for the Singing Dogs themselves, they are every bit as wary of man as any wild canid, and they do not seem to form large packs. No wonder they are not see by the average soft-bodied ecco-tourist! There are fox and coyote running all over the U.S., but most Americans have never actually seen one!
For the record, New Guinea Singing Dogs are simply a type of dingo. An analysis of New Guinea Singing Dog mDNA shows that females have haplotype A29, and an analysis of male DNA show they have haplotype H60, which is the same as we find in dingoes in northern Australia
It should also be noted that the village dogs in remote Papua New Guinea appear to be completely undifferentiated from wild Singing Dogs, and studies suggest that the wild dogs and the village dogs are, in fact, one continuous gene pool differentiated by not by genetics, but by assimilation and early habituation to humans.