Raccoon

Raccoon

Raccoon
Procyon lotor


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Procyonidae

Range

North and Central America


Habitat

Can live anywhere from forests to prairies to city parks


Diet

Fish, frogs, crayfish, crabs, nuts, seeds, acorns, berries, fruit, cereal grains, and bird eggs; will even eat human trash

Weight

8 - 35 lbs.

Size

2 - 3 ft.

Gestation

63 - 66 days

Young

Avg. 5 cubs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They are often called "bandits" because of their raids on garbage cans and picnic lunches searching for food, and because of the black rings around their eyes resembling masks.
  • During the winter, raccoons may sleep in their dens for weeks at a time, but they do not hibernate.
  • Raccoons have very nimble fingers on their front feet that make it easy for them to untie knots, turn doorknobs, and even open jars.
  • The front paws are capable of sending three-dimensional images to the animal's brain, allowing it to see while fishing around in dark, murky water.
  • They have adapted to live in close proximity to humans.

 

Conservation

The raccoon population is stable.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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