The Coatimundi: Arboreally Adorable

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.

White-Nosed Coati

South American Coati

Easter Mountain Coati

Western Mountain Coati

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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20 Responses to The Coatimundi: Arboreally Adorable

  1. So fun how they go about with their tails up, like cats.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    The babies are adorable, and I would bet they are endangered because of loss of habitat. Do any zoos have breeding programs?


    • There doesn’t seem to be any breeding programs. Coati aren’t as endangered as other animals. If they are at all. That’s one of the challenges with them. For example, they are endangered in New Mexico, but not in South America.


  3. An amazing number of babies. I was also surprised that in the one video they seemed to be comfortable being around humans.


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    More cute critters from Charles 😃


  5. Cool creatures. As a kid they taught us they were natives of Arizona. I wonder if they still exist there.


  6. petespringerauthor says:

    I saw one of these at the zoo a couple of months ago. Interesting critter.


  7. Jennie says:

    So adorable, love the nose.


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