New Flying Squirrel Identified In Northwest

Jun 19, 2017

Scientists just identified a new species of flying squirrel in North America, and it lives right here near us. 

A southern flying squirrel, cousin to Humboldt's.
Credit Ken Thomas/Public Domain

Humboldt's flying squirrel is named for the naturalist Alexander Humboldt, but Humboldt County is part of its range. 

Scientists knew flying squirrels (okay, they glide) lived in the region, but thought they were just like the flying squirrels of Western Canada and Alaska. 

They're not, says Brian Arbogast at the University of North Carolina. 

He joins us to talk about what makes Humboldt's flying squirrels different.