Mammals

kinkaji raccoon (Potos flavus)

kinkaji raccoon (Potos flavus)

A native of the trees of virgin rainforests, stretching from northern Brazil and Peru through Central America, to Mexico and Florida, is kinkaji raccoon (Potos flavus), a relative of temperate raccoons. It is a small animal with a body length not exceeding 50 cm. The catchy tail measures the same, and the height at the withers is 20 cm. The hair on its back is gray-yellow in color, on the ventral side and red-brown. There are long, dark stripes on the back.

It moves along the kinkaji trees with the speed and agility of monkeys. Its prehensile tail plays the role of a fifth in vertex travel, a very fit limb. This raccoon usually settles near large rivers. He is active only at night. He sleeps in hollows all day, and only when darkness falls does he go to the tops of trees, where he meets other individuals, is playing and looking for food. Kinkajou is a predominantly herbivorous animal, but it also eats small mammals, birds and their eggs, insects and their larvae and other invertebrates. Wild bees eagerly eat honey. The delicacy of this raccoon is a variety of fruits, from which it sucks the flesh with the help of a long one, a mobile tongue.