Kinkajou

March 13, 2022

The Kinkajou is also known as the honey bear. The Kinkajou is a tropical rainforest mammal common in Southern Mexico and Brazil. The scientific name is Potos flavus. Kinkajous belong to the family Procyonidae; they are related to cacomistle, olingos, ringtails, raccoons, and coatis.

The Kinkajou originates from Central America and South America. Although this is not a vanishing species, people rarely see them since they are active at night.

Here are more facts to help understand the Kinkajou.

Interesting Facts about Kinkajou

  • They have scent glands on their belly, mouth, and throat to mark their territories.
  • Kinkajous are rainforest mammals found mainly near canopy forests, dry forests, savanna, and evergreen forests. The Kinkajou sleeps in shades of tree hollows during the day to evade sunlight.
  • Kinkajous are solitary animals that enjoy being alone. But they are sometimes seen in groups of two males and one female eating fruits.
  • Kinkajou can live for as long as 40 years.
  • Kinkajou communicates through different sounds such as chirping, screaming, and hissing. It makes this sound to warn other Kinkajous of oncoming danger such as a predator.
  • Males are 2.7 to 4.4 ft, and females are 0.82 to 1.34 ft long.
  • Kinkajous rotate their feet in many directions to help them move quickly. 
  • They weigh around 1.40 – 4.62 kg. Males are usually bigger than females.
  • The Kinkajou has razor-shaped teeth, and it eats fruits, honey, and nectar.
  • This little mammal loves living in the forest. Although the species is not considered threatened, continued deforestation may result in a loss of habitat for the Kinkajou. 
  • Their gestation period is around 98 to 120 days, and they carry either one or two puppies.

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