Meet the Olinguito

Photo Credit: Mark Gurney

The Smithsonian has just released the news that a new species of mammal has been discovered in the Andes. The Olinguito is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae) and it is distinct from olingos. This cutie creature has been aptly described as a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear in appearance. Like a lot of incredibly cool animals, these guys hang out in the cloud forests.

National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History

If you would like to learn more about this (and you should because this is the first new mammal from the Western Hemisphere in a loooong time) read more here.

Also check out the Zookeys paper of the formal description here. This paper is really beautiful and well worth the read.

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Author: Heidi Kay Smith

Biology PhD student on the cusp of finishing and moving on to a postdoc in the behavioral ecology of amphibians. I blog to share my thoughts, ideas, and general feelings of awe of the natural world.

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