Coati (Nasua narica)

The coati can be found in many different regions in South America. They are found throughout the continent in both the jungle and coastal regions. The coati prefers warmer regions where there is a large amount of foliage to use as shelter and as a food source.

The coati has a long snout used to smell for food along areas with high vegetation. The have claws and human like hands used for climbing trees where they spend most of their time sleeping, feeding and avoiding prey. The coati also have a long tail used as balance in the trees that is ringed in order to help it camouflage. The coati live in large groups with both males and females that are used in order to warn off predators and search for food more effectively.

A female coati will give birth to 1 to 6 young after being pregnant for 74 days. At this point the young will stay with her for more than a month in order to learn how to survive. Generally the males will go off in order to find new groups, with the females staying within the larger group.

The coati have been known to eat both small prey if necessary such as insects or reptiles however the larger part of their diet is fruit. Coatis are excellent at finding fruit in higher trees which they are able to reach because of their claws. The coati are also prey to carnivores found in the coastal and jungle regions such as jaguars, spectacle bears, and cougars. Younger coatis also fall prey to birds of prey such as hawks and even large reptiles. Coatis are a popular pet in certain regions and are regularly trafficked for their coats or as pets. Their habitats are also being destroyed due to deforestation and development. You can help coatis that have fallen victim to trafficking by adopting one. Through your adoption you will provide the funding for the tools necessary to care and rehabilitate coatis that have been damaged by humans.

Body Length 0.41 - 0.76 metres
Tail Length 0.33 - 0.46 metres
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 14.00 years
Weight 2.72 - 5.90 kilograms