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.
One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque, one of the many species of night jars. This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they seem to wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.
Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors. Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one. Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.
Chachalacas and Other Creatures
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
… joining us on the deck for cocktail hour. While you are enjoying your half-price rum drinks, they are chowing down on complementary fruits and entertaining us all as they swing down from the trees to grab their complimentary snacks.
Here’s a little bit of Kinkajou information so that you will appear to be “in the know” when discussing Kinkajous with other guests.
Little Known factoid – Though many of its features and traits sound like those of a primate, the kinkajou is actually related to the raccoon.
They visit our deck almost every night for a bananasnack. Guests have great time feeding the family, and we do try to limit the food we give them so that they will not become dependent on our feeding them but sometimes we just can’t resist and apparently neither can our guests.