What is a coati or coatimundi?
This omnivore is found in North, Central, and South America. They’re a relative of the raccoon, but they’re diurnal (daytime) instead of nocturnal. You’ll see in the pictures that they have long tails, which are used for balance. This is why somebody mistake them for a type of lemur. They are very similar since they’re arboreal, which is a species that mostly live in trees. While coatis hunt on the ground, they sleep, mate, and birth children in the canopy. This lifestyle is helped by them having double-jointed ankles, which can rotate 180 degrees. This allows them to easily climb down headfirst.
It’s unclear how threatened the coatis are. All 4 species have to contend with deforestation, hunting, and getting attacked by domestic animals. Yet, it’s difficult to get an exact idea of their population. The two mountain species are listed as threatened/endangered though. A problem is that there aren’t any solid populations to use for study. They’ve been found to be highly adaptable too, which adds to the problem of locking down a clear picture. So, it seems they’re listed as endangered on the belief that we underestimate the influence of the issues.
Let’s get to the pictures and videos. Coatis are cool, but I’m finding they’re better to see than read about.