Kinkajou

 

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Range: Tropical Central and South America

Natural Diet: Fruits and protein in the form of small invertebrates. They will also eat green vegetation of some plant species.

Diet at RainForest: Bananas, apples, protein (chicken) baby food, mangos, and papayas. 

Size: 4-8 pounds

RainForest Facts:  The tree dwelling kinkajou is an intriguing mammal.  Resembling a cross between a young bear and a monkey, the kinkajou is rarely ever seen on the ground.   The tail is prehensile and is readily used by the animals to help in foraging for food high in the tree tops of the rainforests in the Americas. 

Possessing an unusually long tongue, the kinkajou can actually "reach down" into flowers for nectar and water with it's long tongue.

The dense fur of the kinkajou is believed to prevent bees from stinging the animal while it is foraging for honey.

Generally solitary animals, it is unusual to find more than one kinkajou in a tree at a time. An abundant source of food may occasionally bring them together in unusually high concentrations.

Foraging in the trees, this animal can often be heard before it can be seen. Ripe fruits of all types are relished by the kinkajou, with mango and papaya seeming to be the favorite. 

 

This species is not currently on exhibit at RainForest