are nocturnal mammals with a habitat ranging from Mexico
as far south as Ecuador and southern Brazil. Although Kinkajou-Potos
Flavus sometimes look and act like monkeys, they are actually
members of the Procynid family and are related to raccoons
and red pandas. They have a lifespan from twenty to twenty-five
years. They average in weight around 6.5 pounds and grow
to about two feet in length.
Although Kinkajous are also carnivores, they are primarily
frigivoruos fruit eaters. They subside on a diet of mangoes,
bananas, figs and sapodilla. They play an extremely important
ecological role as pollinators by dispersing seeds throughout
their habitat. Because fruits are seasonal, Kinkajous also
eat tree bark, greens, eggs, frogs and insects.
The nocturnal animals are most active in the early evening
up until midnight. The primarily are tree dwellers or arboreal,
living high up in the rainforest canopy. They spend the
light of the day sleeping in tree hollows in order to avoid
Most people refer to two types of Kinkajous, the large
ones that are in southern and eastern Mexico and Central
American as opposed to the smaller ones that are found in
the rainforest of South America.
They communicate with one another by scent-marking around
their travel routes and home range. Kinkajous also have
a wide range of calls or barks, from soft chatters to loud
high pitched shrill screams. The Kinkajou’s status
‘living wild’ is threatened as a direct result
of deforestation and hunting.