Kinkajou

Kinkajou

Kinkajou
Potos flavus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Procyonidae

Range

Southern Mexico, Central and South America


Habitat

Tropical forests; treetops


Diet

Plant materials, primarily fruits, nuts and legumes, insects, eggs, sometimes even birds

Weight

4 - 10 lbs.

Length

32 in.

Gestation

98 - 120 days

Young

1 - 2

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Prehensile tail helps to keep balance and is used to grasp objects
  • Able to run along thin branches in treetops by swinging arms out and forward and setting the hands on the inside of the branch
  • Narrow extendible tongue used to pull out soft meat of fruit and to lick nectar, eat insects and honey
  • Almost entirely arboreal; spends days in hollow tree; forages at night
  • Also known as "honey bears"
  • Barks loudly when disturbed; also gives a rather shrill, quavering scream (can be heard for nearly a mile) while feeding at night
  • Newborn is about 12 inches long and is a silver gray color
  • Tail attains prehensile qualities at 2-3 months and adult coloration at 1 year

 

Conservation

Threats include extensive human disturbance, deforestation, pet trade, and hunting for their meat and fur.

Least Concern
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