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Scientific name: Potos flavus

Habitat: tropical forests

Diet: primarily fruit, some flowers, leaves, insects

Life span: up to 23 years in captivity

Young: 1 young

Size: 1.5-4.5 kg (3¼-10 lbs)

This nocturnal, tree-dwelling relative of the racoon and coatimundi is known for hanging upside down while feeding, using the tail and hind legs for support. When climbing, kinkajous are aided by their long prehensile tail, fully reversible hind feet and extreme spinal flexibility.

They are usually found alone but will loosely associate in groups consisting of a dominant male, a subordinate male, a female and her offspring.

While collecting nectar with their long tongues, kinkajous bury their faces into the flower and pollen sticks to their fur, which then pollinates other flowers.

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Kinkajou on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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