Kinkajou, Potos flavus, tropical animal in the nature forest habitat. Mammal from Costa Rica. By Ondrej Prosicky | Shutterstock.com
Kinkajou, Potos flavus, tropical animal in the nature forest habitat. Mammal from Costa Rica. By Ondrej Prosicky | Shutterstock.com

About kinkajous.

Despite its looks, the Kinkajou is not related to monkeys, but to raccoons and coatis.


These animals have a very acute sense of hearing. They could easily hear the sound of a snake sliding in the rainforest.


They can rotate its feet in the opposite direction and run backwards as fast as forwards. This allows them to easily climb up and down the trees headfirst.


The kinkajou is also known in many places as the “honey bear”.


They have a strong prehensile tail they use to grasp tree branches.


Kinkajous are animals of nocturnal habits that eat and start their activity after sunset.


Despite having a kind and friendly appearance, they can be very aggressive when they feel intimidated.


They spend most of their time in treetops without descending to the ground. They find their food there, so they are rarely ever seen on the ground.


Kinkajous are solitary animals that only gather for mating purposes.


Besides their acute sense of hearing, they also have excellent eyesight that allows them to see in the dark of the night.


These animals don’t have a fixed mating and breeding season. It can happen anytime during the year.


Females usually have 1-2 babies per litter that remain with her until they are 4 months old.

A young kinkajou (Potos flavus) in the jungle in Belize. By Kevin Wells Photography | Shutterstock.com
A young kinkajou (Potos flavus) in the jungle in Belize. By Kevin Wells Photography | Shutterstock.com
COMMON NAMECONSERVATION STATUS
KinkajouLeast concern
SCIENTIFIC NAMESIZE
Potos flavus40 – 60 cm (16–24 in)
FAMILYWEIGHT
Procyonidae1,4 – 4,6 kg (3–10 lb)
ORDERLIFESPAN
Carnivora23 years
CLASSGESTATION PERIOD
Mammalia112 – 118 days
POPULATIONDIET
This species is commonThey feed on honey from honeycombs, fruit and little mammals.
HABITATRANGE
They live in closed tropical rainforests, in trees.Rainforests in Central America and the north of South America.

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