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The Kinkajou of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, November 28, 2016

This week we are talking about the Kinkajou of Timbavati Wildlife Park.

These small mammals may resemble that of a small primate but they are actually related to the raccoon family. They can be found living in the tropical forests of Central and South America living in nests and groups also known as troops. They are social within their communities engaging in grooming activities to develop bonds.

Kinkajou are omnivores and sometimes called “honey bears” because they will raid bees’ nests.  They have long skinny tongues that they use to slurp honey from a hive and remove insects from their nests. They also eat fruit and small mammals.

More About The Kinkajou

Kinkajou can weigh anywhere from 3 to 7 pounds with a tail length anywhere from 16 to 22 inches.  They will use their tails like fifth limb to assist in climbing. Being that is a prehensile tail it aids their balance, assists them in climbing as they search for food and at night they will cover themselves with their tails during sleep like a blanket.

One feature these crafty mammals have is the ability to turn their feet completely backwards to run easily in either direction. This double jointed wrist feature is something they share with their cousin mammals the raccoon and coatis.

During the summer or spring season is when a female kinkajou will typically give birth. The gestation period can be anywhere from 98 to 120 days. The mother will keep their young close carrying them everywhere until they are weaned at about 4-5 months.

Take a look at the video below to see our kinkajou at Timbavati Wildlife Park.

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