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Meet the World's Newest Mammal Species: The Olinguito

The Smithsonian announced all this research and the olinguito’s discovery on August 15 in a press conference at the Smithsonian Castle. The extremely rare find sent the science world buzzing and asking endless questions about the new species that even the researchers don’t know the answers to yet.

“Proving that a species exists and giving it a name is where everything starts. This is a beautiful animal, but we know so little about it,” Helgen said in a statement. “How many countries does it live in? What else can we learn about its behavior? What do we need to do to ensure its conservation?”

Luckily we can count on Helgen and his team returning to the amazing cloud forests soon to find all these answers.

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