Coati on a large boulder.

Coati

social climbers

Type

giant panda

Mammals

Area

South America

South America

Endangered Status

Some Endangered

facts

size
15-26 inches
length (not including tail)
A soccer ball is 9 inches high.
coati next to a soccer ball
food
fruit, meat,
insects, grubs
omnivore
habitat
forest,
rain forest, grassland
forest

description

Coati on boulder.

description

What is it?

It has a ringed tail, but it isn't a raccoon. It has a long tail and climbs trees with ease, but it isn't a monkey. It has a tough, bendable snout, but it isn't a pig. This active, highly social, intelligent, and curious mammal is a coati, found in rain forests, cloud forests, and grasslands from South America to Mexico—and a few live in the Southwestern United States.

Coati in palm.

Branching out

Coatis are great tree climbers. Their long front claws can dig in and keep them secure when they're climbing up the tallest tree trunks. Coatis can move their long tail to balance themselves as they travel along narrow branches. When it's time to get back on the ground, the reverse joints on their ankles allow them to quickly and safely climb down a tree headfirst.

Coati babies.

Watching the kits

Adult female coatis and their offspring live together in groups, with as few as 4 or as many as 24. Males live alone, except during the short mating season when they hang out with females. A mother coati gives birth to three to seven babies—called kits—and bonds with them alone for six weeks, then they all return to the group.