South American Coati

Zoo Location: Forest
 South American Coati

Wide-ranging, including tropical lowlands, dry high-altitude forests, oak forests, mesquite grassland, and forest edges.

Wild Diet

Earthworms, termites, snails, lizards, snakes and mice. Also, fruits, roots, nuts and eggs.


Coatis are mainly active during the day. They are excellent climbers using their tail for balancing on branches and to slow their descent down the tree.


After a gestation of 77 days (11 weeks), 3 - 7 cubs are born.


Habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting for their meat by natives are major threats for the species.


This species is protected under CITES Appendix III in Uruguay. The species occurs in numerous protected areas.

 South American Coati  South American Coati


  • Latin Name: Nasua nasua
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Procyonidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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