Name: the kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal that is also known as the ‘honey bear’.
Appearance: its woolly fur consists of an outer coat of gold (or brownish-gray) on top of a gray undercoat. The kinkajou has large eyes and small ears. Its legs are short with five toes on each foot and sharp claws.
Size: an adult can weigh up to 4.6 kg and grow to 60 cm, with the tail adding a further 60 cm.
Diet: although the kinkajou is technically a carnivore and has sharp teeth, its diet consists mostly of fruit, particularly figs.
Did you know: the kinkajou has a long tongue which helps it to obtain fruit and lick nectar from flowers – it also means that it can help to pollinate flowers.
Location: kinkajous are native to forests in Central and South America.
Best places to see kinkajous
According to reports submitted to WildSide, the best places to see kinkajous are as follows:
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