South American coati

South American coati Nasua nasua

ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyProcyonidae
Size45-70cm
Weight3-6kg
Gestation2 ½ months
Birth3-5
Life-span8 years in the wild, up to 15 in zoos
Diet
omnivorous (fruit and invertebrates)

Habitat
forests

Range
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 evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo