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Kinkajou

CONSERVATION STATUS : LEAST CONCERN
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Carnivora
Genus & Species: Potos flavus
Family: Procyonidae

Status:

Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Southern Mexico to Southern Brazil. Found at altitudes from sea level to over 8000 feet.

Habitat:

A variety of forest habitats including tropical rainforest, tropical dry forest, secondary forest, Atlantic coastal forest, and tropical evergreen forest.

Activity:

Nocturnal.

Diet:

Primarily fruit supplemented with insects, flowers, nectar, and leaves. Kinkajous tend to be opportunistic frugivores, eating whatever fruits are available, although figs can make up as much as half of the diet. Kinkajous are sometimes called honey bears because they use their long, skinny tongues to slurp honey from beehives.