South American coatis are closely related to raccoons and they share many common characteristics. They both have a distinctive ringed tail, which is used to balance on tree branches. The coati is nicknamed “hog-nosed raccoon” due to its long, pig-like snout. Coatis are arboreal animals, and have the ability to mate and build nests among the trees. The coati’s rotating ankle joints allow it to descend trees headfirst.
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Arrived at EPZ: Lois - 10/6/2014