6. Transcript

Due to the cold weather our coatimundis are off display, enjoying their warm, winter home. Please look for them to return in the spring.

Coatimundis (called “coatis” for short) are often very active and curious.  In the wild, they are quite comfortable staying in trees, where they sleep, hunt, breed, and nest.  They eat most anything they can get, both on the ground and in the trees: insects, fruit, lizards, frogs, other small animals, and eggs.

You may have to look around the enclosure to find these guys. When you spot them you might ask what they are. Are they lemurs? Badgers? Raccoons? If you said raccoons, you are getting warm. These animals are called coatis (pronounced kwä-ˈtē), and they are members of the same created kind as the raccoon. Other members of this kind include kinkajous, ringtails, and olingos.

Coatis live from the southwest United States through Northern Argentina. Coatis are active during the day, this is called diurnal. They are the only members of their kind that exhibit this behavior! Raccoons are active at night which means they are nocturnal. Coatis are omnivores like the raccoon. An omnivore is an animal that will both eat plants as well as animals. Before Adam’s fall the raccoon kind would have been vegetarian, but since the fall they eat other animals too. The kinkajou is the only member of the kind whose diet is still made up almost entirely of plants.

Coatis are pretty cool animals; we hope you enjoy watching them!  To learn even more, press 13 now.