kuh joo] Potos flavus
The kinkajou is reddish brown
to brown to gray in color. It has a slim body,
grows to a length of about 3 feet, including the
prehensile tail, and weighs from 3 to 8 pounds.
Distribution and Habitat
The kinkajou inhabits the
tropical rainforests from Mexico through Central
America into central South America.
Fruit makes up the bulk of the
kinkajou's diet. Its favorite fruits include
figs, grapes, bananas, melons, apples, and
mangos. Most of its moisture is obtained from its
food, but it will drink water that has collected
on leaves and in nooks in the trees. When fruits
are not in season kinkajous will eat berries,
bark, leaves, frogs, insects, honey, avocados,
birds' eggs, and small birds. They will also
drink nectar from flowers, making them important
Habits and Behaviors
The kinkajou is quite at home
in the trees.
The kinkajou is primarily
nocturnal, spending its days in tree holes.
Kinkajous are primarily
solitary, coming together only to mate.
Females come into season every
three months. One, sometimes two, cubs are born
after a gestation period of 98 to 120 days. Eyes
open between 2 to 6 weeks of age. Weaning occurs
at 3 to 5 months of age. Males are sexually
mature at 18 months, females at 30 months.
Average lifespan of a kinkajou in the wild is 20
to 24 years.
Genus and Species Potos flavus
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