kinkajou-1Kinkajous live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, where they spend most of their time in the trees. They are able to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction along branches or up and down trunks. The kinkajou also has a prehensile (gripping) tail that it uses much like another arm. Kinkajous often hang from this incredible tail, which also aids their balance and serves as a cozy blanket while the animal sleeps high in the canopy.

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • The name kinkajou comes from a word in the local language that means “honey bear,” as these slender animals have been seen raiding beehives for the golden liquid. Kinkajous have quite a sweet tooth!
  • Looking a bit like a monkey, kinkajous are often mistakenly called primates.
  • Kinkajous are very vocal animals and can be heard screeching and barking all around the forest, earning them yet another nickname, la llorona, Spanish for “the crying woman.”

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