Adelaide Zoo
Coati next to log, walking in enclosure
Coati munching on tree branch
Coati looking at camera while sitting on netting.

Animal Facts

  • Genus:

  • Species:

    South American Coati
  • Conservation

    Least Concern

  • Found In:

    South America
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Say hello to Cha Cha, Samba, and Rumba!

Our sister trio, Cha Cha, Samba and Rumba like to lounge the day away. Arriving from Melbourne Zoo in 2013, these girls love any scent based enrichment. Keepers use different types of perfumes, herbs and spices, even other animal bedding to keep these girls amused.

Coatis are omnivores like us and enjoy a range of proteins, fruits, nuts and vegetables. `They are excellent climbers with different sized and textured runners in their exhibit to help keep their claws nice and sharp.

These girls are also very vocal. They communicate with each other with different barks, clicks and screeches to warn against danger or when its dinner time!

The South American Coati is a mid sized animal otherwise known as the ring-tailed Coati. In the wild, these furry creatures live in rain forests in South America, in Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay and nothern Argentina.

Ring-tailed Coatis are hungry omnivores that snack on fruit, nuts, invertebrates, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, and whatever else they find.

Travelling in groups otherwise known as a ‘band’. Up to thirty females live in this ocial group and nest in trees within the rain forest. Females have a gestation period of 77 days, giving birth to litters of 3-7 pups.

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