Brown-nosed Coati

ZOO LOCATION: Monkey Pavilion

Lifespan: 7 to 8 years in the wild, up to 17 years in human care.

Natural Diet: Small animals, eggs, insects and fruit

Habitat: Forested areas of southeast Arizona, Mexico, Central America, Columbia and Ecuador.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Characteristics: Also known as the South American coati, these mammals are members of the raccoon family. Their tails are ringed, and their long noses and slightly curved front claws help them forage for prey.

Behavior: Brown-nosed coati females live in organized groups, and males live solitary lives.

Did you know? Brown-nosed coati can reverse their ankles and descend trees head first.