|World Oceans Day |
Sat, Jun 8, 10:00am - 2:00pm
|Father's Day |
Sun, Jun 16, 10:00am - 5:00pm
|DEAR at the Zoo (Drop Everything and Read) |
Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm
|Brew at the Zoo |
Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
|Fun on the Farm |
Tue, Jul 9, 10:00am - 2:00pm
|Animal Athletes |
Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 2:00pm
- Wild: 7 to 8 years
- Captivity: 14 to 15 years
- Length: The body is 2 to 2 ½ feet, with a 12 to 18 inch tail
- Weight: 7 to 13 pounds
- Southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America
- Forests, savannas, grasslands, scrublands, and mountains
- Coatis are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day.
- Most of their day is spent searching for food, grooming, and resting.
- Females and young travel in bands of 5 to 20. The males are primarily solitary, hence the name given them, "coatimundi" meaning "lone coati".
- Wild: Omnivorous (eats plants and animals). Insects, fruit, small mammals, spiders, eggs, small reptiles, and seeds
- Zoo: Ground beef, dog kibble, fruits, vegetables, primate biscuits, and eggs.
- Coatis have 3 to 5 young in a tree nest of leaves and branches.
- The entire group cares for the young.
- The long tail is used for balancing and slowing down descent from trees.
- Their agile snout, rich with sensory receptors, along with their heightened sense of smell is adapted for rooting through the earth.
- Their powerful, curved claws make them good diggers too.
- Coatis can even rotate their ankles 180 degrees to descend trees headfirst.
- Coatis sleep in the treetops.
- They comb their fur with their teeth and claws.
- They also are strong swimmers and excellent climbers.
- IUCN: Least Concern
- CITES: Appendix III
- Coatis help control insect, reptile, and amphibian populations.
- However, they also damage farmers’ crops and are considered to be agricultural pests.
- Despite this challenge, Coatis are not currently listed as a threatened species.
CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012. www.cites.org
- IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012. www.iucnredlist.org