T.I.G.E.R.S. – New carnivore species discovered this week.

Good rainy Friday to all from T.I.G.E.R.S. VIP Tour in Myrtle Beach!!   Dr. Bhagavan Antle has an animal preserve in Myrtle Beach for you to visit.  You can get up close and personal a variety of rare and endangered Species.  It is a one of a kind Myrtle Beach Attraction.

Speaking of rare species, in the news this week:

First new carnivore species in 35 years discovered

After years of sleuthing, the Smithsonian has identified a new species of carnivore. The olinguito is a rust-colored, furry mammal that lives in the treetops of the Andes Mountains and weighs two pounds, making it the most petite member of the raccoon family.

A team led by Smithsonian zoologist Kristofer M. Helgen spent years examining hundreds of museum specimens and tracking animals in the wild in the cloud forests of Ecuador. The result? It identified a new species of mammal, the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina). The discovery corrects a case of mistaken identity. For decades, scientists thought the olinguito was an olingo, a larger member of the raccoon family, or another mammal. -Mark Gurney, washingtonpost.com

Another source described the new finding:

Native to the high, misty cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, the olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family, according to Kristofer Helgen, a Smithsonian scientist who recognized it as a distinct species 10 years ago.

They have thick, woolly fur that is brighter than that of the more drab-colored Olingos. Olinguitos are about 2.5 feet (.76 meter) long and weigh about 2 pounds (900 grams). Males and females are about the same size, and females raise a single baby at a time, the scientists said.

Olinguitos are hard to spot in the cloud forests of the northern Andes, which are thickly wooded and often shrouded in fog or mist with elevations of 5,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level. Largely nocturnal, they spend most of their time in the forest canopy and are adept at jumping from tree to tree. – chicagotribune.com

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