SOUTH AMERICAN COATI

A member of the racoon family, the South American coati is easily recognised by its reddish-brown fur and long snout.


SOUTH AMERICAN COATI

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Coatis are very active and agile, they are at home high up in the trees as well as on the ground. They inhabit the tropical forests and woodlands of South America.

They are omnivorous which means they have a varied diet of fruits, vegetables and meat. Coati females live in large family groups but males tend to be solitary.

Females live in large groups of up to 30 individuals, however, males are very solitary. Because there was so much difference between male and female social activities, it was once though they were different species, the males were called “coatimundis”.

  • South American Coati
  • South American Coati

FACT FILE

Least Concern

South American coati are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.

South American coati are found throughout South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Forests

South American coati are omnivores and feed mainly on fruit, invertebrates, small animals and eggs.

South American coati have a number of threats that include:

  • Habitat Loss
  • Hunting
  • Predation

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