Kingkajou (Potus flavus)

The kingkajou is an animal related to the North American raccoon. Kingkajous can be found from south east Mexico through Central America to the tip of Brazil. They are found in tropical rain forests where trees can be used as homes are abundant. Kingkajous take up residence in hollow trees where they can sleep in larger groups for warmth and protection. They are found in heavily wooded areas in the lowland jungles however can also be found in the Andean regions and clouded forests.

Kingkajous have long tails that are used as extra support in trees. They use their tails much like monkeys when they travel from tree to tree, wrapping it around branches for balance. Kingkajous also have thick and large claws that can be used to climb and support themselves in the tree tops where they live. They also have long tongues that can be used to lick up insects and even honey, two of their favourite foods. They can see in the dark which helps them to move around and find food at night. They also can rotate their ears which helps them to listen to predators and prey from even behind them.

Kingkajous live in large groups in order to protect themselves from predators and can be found curled up in one tight group when sleeping. They are entirely not territorial creatures and therefor are more commonly found in groups. Kingkajous are promiscuous creatures, meaning that they will have many mates. 1 to 2 offspring will be born after about 112 to 118 days of pregnancy. When pregnant the mother will look for a safe and concealed place to have her young where there is no threat of predation. It is common for the young to stay in the group even to adulthood although some will leave in order to find their own groups. In childhood a kingkajou will learn how to climb trees and where to look for insects and different fruits.

Kingkajous feed on insects, fruits and honey and sometimes they might feed on smaller animals, although this is much more rare. Because of their diet they may find themselves at competition with animals such as coatis or even different species of monkeys. This can lead to confrontation if the animals cross paths. Also larger predators such as cougars, jaguars and spectacle bears are known to feed on kingkajous. Kingkajous are also at great risk of being taken as pets by humans. They are largely trafficked as pets until they bite the owner and then are thrown out to try and survive on their own. When taken since birth kingkajous have not learned the skills to survive in the wild. But you can help, by adopting a kingkajou you provide the tools necessary to reintroduce kingkajous that have fallen victim to trafficking back into their natural homes.

Body Length 0.41 - 0.76 metres
Tail Length 0.41 - 0.61 metres
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 23.00 years
Weight 1.36 - 4.54 kilograms