In fact, according to the very blog post that announced the new logo, we see this:
"Rest easy, our beloved Gopher Mascot remains at the center of our brand."
Remember that there is a difference between a logo and a mascot. In fact, you might not have even SEEN the old logo:
I know I've only seen it in one place... it appears in the Windows Installation Wizard for the language.
I hope you enjoyed the blog post, and all of the Gopher images :)