Kinkajou

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Kinkajou
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammal
Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae
Genus: Potos
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Cuvier, 1795
Species: P. flavus
Binomial name
Potos flavus
(Schreber, 1774)
Kinkajou range

The kinkajou is a mammal of the family Procyonidae and it is related to the raccoon, coati, olingo, raingtail and cacomistle. It lives in the rainforests of South America and Central America, and spends most of its time on trees. It can eat both meat and plants and has a gripping tail that can be used like an arm. It is an endangered species because it is being hunted for its fur, meat and to be illegally sold as pets.

Appearance[change | edit source]

Although kinkajous may look like monkeys or ferrets, they are not related to those animals. An adult kinkajou's weight is between 1-3 kg (3-7 lb). Its body can grow up to 43-56 cm long (17-22 in) and its tail usually measures between 16-22 cm (41- 56 in). The kinkajou has woolly fur consisting of an outer golden (brownish-gray) coat and another gray coat underneath.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Kays, R., Reid, F., Schipper, J. & Helgen, K. (2008). Potos flavus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 26 January 2009.