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Carnivorous Mammal Discovery First In 35 Years For The Americas
2013-08-15 11:30:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time in more than three decades, a new carnivorous mammal species has been discovered in the Western hemisphere, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution announced on Thursday. According to Joseph Stromberg of Smithsonian.com, the creature is a member of the raccoon family known as the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), and it is native to the cloud forests of Columbia and Ecuador. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the...

The Raccoon Invades Europe Spreading Dangerous Diseases
2012-08-28 14:07:21

Furry, agile, intelligent and voracious: the raccoon is far from being a cuddly toy, which is what many people believe when they get one as a pet. It is more like an invader that escapes and is able to adapt and survive in new habitats. According to a study, its expansion across Spain and Europe is bringing infectious and parasitic diseases like rabies. This puts the health of native species and people at risk. Originating in North America, the raccoon (Procyon lotor) is an invasive...


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South American Coati, Nasua nasua
2013-01-01 15:39:23

The South American coati (Nasua nasua), also known as the ring-tailed coati, is native to South America. Its range is large and includes lowland tropical and subtropical habitats. The only South American country where this species does not occur is Chile. It can be found at elevations of up to 8,200 feet. This species is locally known as quati in the Portuguese language. It holds thirteen recognized subspecies. The South American coati can reach an average body length between thirty-three...

Ring-tailed Cat, Bassariscus astutus
2012-11-01 07:16:05

The ring-tailed cat (Bassariscus astutus), also known as the ringtail cat or the marv cat, is a species within the raccoon family, Procyonidae, and is native to North America. Its range includes California, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Utah, eastern Kansas, and central and northern Mexico. Its range includes the Great Basin Desert, and it intersects with the range of B. sumichrasti in Veracruz, Guerrero, and Oaxaca. This species prefers a habitat in arid, rocky areas with a water source like...

Olingo
2012-10-30 11:18:04

Olingo The olingo is the common name for the genus Bassaricyon, which contains five species of procyonids. The olingos are native to Central and South America, holding a range that extends from Peru to Nicaragua. These animals prefer a habitat within rainforests at altitudes of up to 6,561 feet. This species resembles the kinkajou physically and has similar habits. However, olingos do not have long tongues or a prehensile tail, and have other physical differences. Although members of this...

Bushy-tailed Olingo, Bassaricyon gabbii
2012-07-18 14:02:24

The bushy-tailed olingo (Bassaricyon gabbii) is a species within the Procyonidae family, which includes raccoons. This species was the first to be described in its genus, and it is considered the only “true” olingo. It is native to Central and South America. Its northern range extends from Nicaragua to Ecuador in the south, and includes Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia in between. It prefers habitats within tropical moist forests at altitudes of up to 6,600. The bushy-tailed olingo holds...

White-nosed Coati, Nasua narica
2012-07-05 15:19:41

The white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) is a species of coati that is related to raccoons. Its common local names include the antoon, the pizote, and the tejon. The latter name, tejon, is primarily used in Mexico and it means badger. It is native to the Americas, and lives at altitudes between sea level and 9,800 feet. Its range stretches through New Mexico and southeastern Arizona and throughout Central America and Mexico. It reaches the farthest areas of northwestern Colombia, but its southern...

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