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Kinkajou - Jeeps 
Potos Flavus
Range: Mexico through South America.
Habitat: Tropical dry forest, Amazonian rainforest, Atlantic coastal forest, tropical evergreen forest and forests in the savannah region of Suriname 
Diet: Fruit, honey, flowers, insects, small vertebrates. At the zoo they eat fruits, vegetables, leaf eater biscuits, waxworms, hard-boiled eggs, crickets and nuts.
Fun Facts:
  • They have a unique set of scent glands on their chin, throat, and chest used to mark territorial boundaries.
  • There are two males, a dominate one and a subordinate one, defending a territory for one female and her single offspring.
  • Males do not directly care for the young but they have been observed sharing trees and playing with pups.
  • In the wild figs make up almost half of a kinkajou's diet because of its abundance and high nutrient content.
  • They are not primates. Their closest relatives are the coatis, raccoons, and ringtails of the family procyonidae. Their nickname is "honeybear."
  • They have a prehensile tail to aid in climbing and dexterous forepaws to manipulate food.
  • Due to their fruit rich diet they act as seed dispersers and pollinators.

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