AMAZONIAN COATI (Nasua nasua)
Coaties inhabit the primary forests but they have been forced to adapt to disturbed areas due to habitat loss and fragmentation. The male is called a “cuchucho” and he is solitary until the females are ready for mating. Female coati has a gestation period of 200 days and she can give birth to seven babies in one time. At the age of two the males are expelled from the group and this is the time when they start their life in solitary. They develop their defending instincts at once. They are diurnal and have a terrestrial and arboreal habit.
They are hunted for their meat, fur and for local beliefs. There is not much scientific information about the current state of their populations in the wild, but no doubt they are one of the most beautiful species that has to be protected.
Conservation status: Least concern
Longevity in captivity: 25 years