Twenty years after embarking his quest to locate what’s been called the world’s rarest canine species, James ” Mac ” McIntyre was acquitted. There on his camera screen were the portraits he’d been waiting years for. The New Guinea highland wild hound — an animal once dreaded extinct — was alive and well, his illustrations showed.
” I squawked like a girl ,” the 62 -year-old said earlier this month, communicating from his Florida home.” It was emotionally such an enormous moment. It was justification for all the work I’ve done .”
How McIntyre resolved up experiencing the New Guinea highland wild dog, an animal whose life had not been verified in virtually 30 years, is a fib as complex as McIntyre’s own. Qualified as a zoologist, McIntyre has worked as a veterinary technician on a cattle ranch, zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo, high school biology teach, logger and carpenter. But throughout his varied business, scientific research and expedition have remained personal passions.
” On evenings and weekends, and summertimes extremely when I was a teacher, I’d conduct independent realm investigate, on my own and on my own dime ,” McIntyre said.
It was this spirit of enquiry that first contributed him to the South Pacific. But in the beginning, it wasn’t rare wild puppies that pulled him there. It was swine — specifically intersexual ones.