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Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck

Kinkajous Visit duPlooy's Deck
Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck
Kinkajous are regular visitors to duPlooy's Deck
Kinkajous watching the people at duPlooy’s

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

 

Creatures of the Night at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Piroque
Piroque

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.

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Wildlife in Belize

Wildlife in Belize – duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Kinkajous

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”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading Wildlife in Belize

Wildlife Report

Wildlife News for October 2013

Kinkajous are Regular Visitors to duPlooy’s

… 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.

Dont' bite my hand
Dont’ bite my hand

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