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Olinguito

August 13, 2013

The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina)―the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years.

 

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Olinguito 1

Olinguito

Photo/Foto por: Mark Gurney

The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years.

Olinguito 2

Olinguito

Photo/Foto por: Mark Gurney

A team, led by Smithsonian scientist Kristofer Helgen, spent 10 years examining hundreds of museum specimens and tracking animals in the wild in the cloud forests of Ecuador. The result: the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina).

Olinguito 3

Olinguito

Photo/Foto por: Mark Gurney

A team, led by Smithsonian scientist Kristofer Helgen, spent 10 years examining hundreds of museum specimens and tracking animals in the wild in the cloud forests of Ecuador. The result: the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina).

Olinguito at Zoo

Olinguito at Zoo

Photo/Foto por: I. Poglayen-Neuwall

The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) came close to being discovered several times during the past century and was even exhibited in zoos. For example, this female olinguito lived in various zoos in the US decades ago.

Olinguito Distribution Map

Olinguito Distribution Map

Image/Imagen: Smithsonian

Olinguito distribution map. So far, the only known olinguito habitats are in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, but future research may show that they are also in similar habitats in other South American countries.


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