This site needs a new mascot
The owl isn't cutting it, people. Why? Because Duolingo's destined mascot is already in the name!
Considering the recent discovery of the olinguito, this change is both relevant and rational. Promote the sciences and knowledge of the world by choosing to have a rare, localized species as the mascot instead of the commonplace owl!
His name can be Duo. Duo the olingo, mascot of Duolingo. It's poetic, really. Make it happen!
It's a good idea, but too late in my opinion. My allegiance is to the owl. And besides the time and effort put into developing Duo the Owl (which suits the green theme, can we have a green Olingo?), I imagine the dev team would be quite attached to it.
PS. I looked at the wiki page and the Olingo looks like a grumpy bastard.
Nope, the owl has been here as our mascot from the beginning, and I don't want a brown olingo tampering with the ideologies behind the design. The color scheme, for one, would have to be revamped, and do you want to see "brown mud" as the new environment, or a green olingo? The former just sounds drab and ugly, and the second would remind me of a moldy rat. If you had suggested a hamster on a hamster wheel, with a cool, circus-y environment - I'd think again. The hamster keeps running, as the learners keep learning. But this, the green owl, sticks. Because now, whatever new logic someone comes up with, the owl, makes sense. The green terrain that soothes the eye as we learn new languages, isn't something we want changing. It's too late for something else. That's my two cents anyway.