Here at the park we have two Coatis called Coco & Caipora (keepers call her Cai). They are often found foraging on the ground in their enclosure or climbing about in the tops of the trees in their enclosure.
Coatis occupy forested habitats over a wide altitude range, mesquite grasslands & tropical lowland. They are distributed over South America ranging from Colombia & Venezuela in the north to Uruguay and northern Argentina in the south.
They are omnivorous and primarily eat fruit, invertebrates, other small animals and bird eggs.
Coatis are mainly active during the day and are excellent climbers, using their tail to assist them when balancing on branches. They even use them to slow their descent down a tree!
All females in a group come into heat simultaneously when fruit is in season. Females mate with multiple males. The gestation period is 77 days and females give birth to 2-4 young at a time, which are raised in a nest in the trees for 4-6 weeks.
Threats they face is habitat loss, this is from deforestation. Another threat they face is being hunted for their meat by natives. Some individuals are protected by conservation status depending on the areas they inhabit.
Andean individuals in their forest habitat can be found at elevations up to 2,500m.