Kinkajou


Kinkajou or honey bear

Potos flavus

DB.6316

Kinkajous may look and move like monkeys, with their prehensile (gripping) tails and nimble fingers but they are more closely related to racoons, like our coati.

Where and how they live: They life in the forest canopies of Central and South America, from Mexico down to Brazil. They spend the night foraging alone. By day they sleep hidden away high in trees in family groups.

What they eat: They have teeth like meat eating animals despite eating mostly fruit; whose seeds they help disperse. They also help pollinate certain flowers when slurping nectar from them with their 12cm long tongues.

Are they endangered? Their population has shrunk due to hunting for meat, fur and the exotic pet trade and a loss of forest habitat. They are not yet classified as endangered.

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White-nosed coati or coatimundi

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