- Scientific Name:
- Nasua nasua
- Park Location:
- Children’s Planet
- Tropical and Subtropical South America
- Typically live in Forests
- Coati have a very long fluffy ringed-tails which they stick up in air when foraging
- Their nose can move in many directions to help sniff out food
Ring-tailed coati gets its name from the black rings that cover the tail. The rest of the body is covered with thick, tan-coloured fur. They are a medium sized mammal found in South America and can weigh up to 7 kilograms.
Ring-tailed coati is an omnivore and their diet consists of small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit. Males lead solitary lives whilst the female live in groups called bands. These bands generally consist of 15-30 individuals and are only approached by males during breeding season.
Coati’s gestation period is generally around 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. Even adult coatis spend the night in trees to protect themselves against the predators. Coatis generally live for up to 7 years in the wild, but can live up to 15 years in captivity