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Varies from mature tropical forests to heavily disturbed and secondary forests.


Kinkajou are in the raccoon family, but are the only member with a prehensile tail. They use their tails to grasp when climbing and to hang while eating. They carry their young upside down on their bellies. They are frugivorous (fruit eating), but are classified as carnivores. They use their long tongue to get the nectar out of the flowers.


Kinkajous like to eat their food upside down. They are nocturnal animals.

Interesting Facts:

They are not an endangered species, but are sometimes hunted for their fur and meat.Many people keep them as pets because they have a playful personality but there have been some cases where they became vicious for no apparent reason.Their gestation period is 4-months which they give birth to one pup (very rarely two).

Did YOU Know?
Other names for the kinkajou are honey bear and night walker.
Class: mammal
Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae
Genus: Potos
Species: flavus
Length: 17-22 inches
Height: 17 - 22 inches
Weight: 2-3 kg
Average Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
Wild Diet: Nectar, fruits, flowers ans sometimes small frogs and bird eggs
Zoo Diet: Fruit, vegetables, greens/celery, primate diet, primate maintenance buscuits
Predators: Tayra, fox, jagarundi, ocelot, margay, humans
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Tropics Zone

Learn more about mammal or animals from South America!
Or, cross-reference the two!

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