Meet The ‘Olinguito’ The World’s Newest Mammal

The Olinguito (Spanish for ‘little Olingo’) is the first new species of mammal to be discovered in 35 years, and inhabits the cloud forests of central Colombia to western Ecuador. It is the smallest member of the Raccoon family, and it took the Smithsonian Institute more than a decade to identify it. The species is not considered to be immediately at risk, but it is estimated that over 40 percent of the animal’s potential range has been deforested.