Are these guys cute or what? We feel honored that they choose to visit duPlooy’s deck on a regular basis, sometimes singly or with the whole family. Supposedly they make good pets, being the gentle docile animals they are, but we prefer seeing them free.
Kinkajous are nocturnal animals so look for them just around dark. Remember that their eyes are very sensitive so that’s why we ask people not to use their flash when photographing them.
A few scientific facts: The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae related to olingos, coatis, raccoons, and the ringtail and cacomistle. It is the only member of the genus Potos and is also known as the “honey bear” (a name that it shares with the sun bear). Kinkajous may be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not closely related to either. Native to Central America and South America, this mostly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is not an endangered species, though it is seldom seen by people because of its strict nocturnal habits.
We consider ourselves lucky that Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck