The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species

By: Sandra Markle

In 2013, scientists discovered the olinguito, a relative of raccoons, living in treetops in forests of Central and South America—the first new mammal species to be discovered in 35 years. Maps. Author’s note. Suggestions to “Be a Science Detective!” Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further reading. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781512410150

JLG Release: Apr 2017

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Topics: Procyonidae , Rare mammals , South America , Cloud forest animals , Olinguito , Scientific research , Discovering a new species , Animal behavior and characteristics

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Booklist 2016 Lasting Connections, Language Arts
2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Seven to Ten
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Older Readers

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April 2017



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9" x 9"

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Level 5.8; Points: 1;

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Level 6.3; Points: 4;


Level 910L


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Procyonidae, Rare mammals, South America, Cloud forest animals, Olinguito, Scientific research, Discovering a new species, Animal behavior and characteristics,

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