South American coati
South American coati Nasua nasua
Gestation2 ½ months
Life-span8 years in the wild, up to 15 in zoos
omnivorous (fruit and invertebrates)
South America (from Colombia to Uruguay)
These small diurnal mammals belong to the raccoon family and can live at an altitude of up to 2,500m on the slopes of the equatorial and Peruvian Andes.
Females, together with their young, reside in small groups of about 20. Males live alone, only returning to the females as the breeding season approaches. After mating, females seek out a tree in which to build a nest of leaves and branches for the young.
Coatis’ pointed and very flexible noses allow them to search forest litter for food. They also use their long claws to climb trees and to dig into the ground for small insects.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW