Kinkajou

 

Kinkajou 

Potos flavus

Quick Facts

Kinkajou

Found: Central & South America
Size: 4 feet with tail
Weight: 4 to 7 pounds
Diet: Fruit, nectar, insects
Life Span: 20 to 25 years
Status: Unknown

Kinkajous play an important role in the rain forest ecosystem for seed dispersal.  Although kinkajous are carnivores (they have canine teeth) about 90% of their diet is fruit in which they swallow the seeds as well as the pulp.  The fruit seeds pass through their digestive system and as the kinkajou wanders the rain forest, they poop out the seeds as they go, helping to replant the forest.  They also eat nectar making them an important rain forest pollinator as well.  A  5 inch long tongue helps them to slurp up as much as they can find.  The pollen then sticks to their face and is transferred to the next flower they come across.  Kinkajous and binturongs are the only two carnivores that have prehensile tails.  Kinkajous do not make good pets because they are wild animals--no matter how cute you might think they are!  Kinkajous have a very painful bite and can be very destructive to a home in the middle of the night, when they are most active.

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