South American Coati

(Nasua Nasua)

 

Also known as the Ring Tailed Coati, they are a member of a raccoon family and easily recognisable by their reddish-brown fur, long banded tail and elongated snout. Although coatis have long tails, they can’t use them like monkeys do, hanging from trees and holding objects. Instead, they use their tails for balance and to communicate with each other.

FUN FACTS

Animal Class: Mammals.

Distribution: South America including Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay and Northern Argentina.

Habitat: Forest, shrubland.

Diet: Fruit and vegetables, insects, spiders, scorpions, mice and small birds.

Appearance: Reddish-brown fur, banded tail and elongated flexible snout. 

Size: 53cm long. Weigh up to 3.9kg.

Lifespan: Up to 14 years. 

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

Population Trend

Decreasing

Threats

Habitat destruction.

Population

Unknown.

Did you know?

The name ‘coati’ comes from the native American Indian word meaning ‘belt’ and ‘nose’, referring to the way coatis tuck their nose into their belly while sleeping.

See our South American Coati!

We have four South American Coatis at Ponderosa Zoo. Their names are Willow, Nina, Bella, and Sienna. Find them near the picnic area.

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