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The Magic Birding Circuit of EcuadoR
Bird List 2010



If you would like a copy of the 2010 Magic Birding Circuit Birding List, please contact info@eco-lodgesanjorge.com





INTRODUCING THE OLINGUITO, LATEST MAMMAL DISCOVERY

SAN JORGE DE TANDAYAPA HUMMINGBIRD SANCTUARY OWNER & GUESTS HAVE RECENTLY  PHOTOGRAPHED & SPOTTED  THE NEWLY DISCOVERED SPECIES OF THE OLINGUITO AT OUR PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE IN THE TANDAYAPA VALLEY CLOUD FOREST

 

Recently Smithsonian scientists announced that they had discovered a new species of mammal, the raccoon-like olinguito.  A lap-sized critter that looks like a mix between a cat and a teddy bear was unveiled as the first new carnivore identified in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.  Scientists say the olinguito has actually been around for ages, in zoos, museums and in the forests of Ecuador, but was mistaken for its larger cousin, the olingo.

A big clue that this tree-crawling animal was something unusual was that it never wanted to breed with the olingo, experts said.

The new species, named Bassaricyon neblina, is now understood to be the smallest member of the same family as raccoons, kinkajous and olingos.

With wide, round eyes and tiny claws that help it cling to branches, the olinguito can jump between trees. It feasts mainly on fruit but also eats insects and nectar and are active at night. The two-pound (one-kilogram) animals also appear to prefer staying in the trees and have one baby at a time instead of several.


These mini-raccoon mammals with fluffy red-orange fur, short bushy tails, and teddy bear faces are found in the cloud forests of the western Andes Mountains and at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary.

Perhaps these little creatures will bring the world’s attention to these rare and new species of mammal, right at our private reserve!”