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SOUTH AMERICAN COATI

Scientific Name: Nasua nasua
Order
Carnivora

Family
Procyonidae

Habitat & Range
South American coatis are widely distributed throughout tropical and subtropical South America. Most occur in the lowlands east of the Andes.

Identification
Also called the ring-tailed coati, the South American
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Name: BLONDIE (female); LOIS (female)
Location: On the main path, across from Birds of Paradise
Born: 04/15/2006
Arrived at EPZ: 10/14/2014
 
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coati varies in color between grey, brown, red and blonde. Perhaps their most notable feature is their long, pointed snout. Body length averages 33 to 45 inches, half of which is made up of the tail. The average coati weighs between 4 and 16 pounds.

Diet
The South American coati is omnivorous and primarily feeds on fruit, invertebrates, small animals, and birds' eggs. They search for fruit using their long snout to poke through leaves and crevices and their sharp claws to rip open logs and overturn rocks.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Mating takes place when fruit is in season. Females, who live in groups of 15 to 30 individuals, come into heat simultaneously. One female may mate with several males. After a gestation period of 77 days, females give birth to an average of 2 to 4 young. Females will remain with the group they are born into, however males will leave the group after approximately 3 years.

South American coatis live an average of 7 years in the wild and up to 14 years in captivity.

 
 
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