Scientific name: Nasua nasua
The South American coati belongs, like its cousin the raccoon, to the Procyonidae family. The coati is a good climber and moves easily in trees. It is capable of reversing its feet’s position by rotating its ankles which facilitates its descent from the trees head first.
South American coatis live in groups of five to eight individuals, which almost always include females and young males. When they reach the age of two years, the males are excluded from the clan and live alone except during mating periods.
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It can be easily seen in nature
South American coatis are the symbol of the Iguaçu national Park in Brazil. Visitors can admire them up close because they roam freely around the park. Since it's not shy, many tourists bring home pictures of the coati.
- Length: between 80 and 140 cm
- Weight: 4 to 5 kg.
- Gestation period: 75 days with 2 to 6 young per litter and a birth weight of 150 g
- Life expectancy: an average of 14 years in the wild
- Record of longevity in captivity: 23 years
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Shared attributes with man
Both a walker and a climber, the coati owes this duality to the morphology of its paws. Like humans, the coati is plantigrade. This means that it places the palm of its hand and the sole of its foot on the ground when it moves. Its five fingers on each hand are roughly equal in length.