This relative of the raccoon, with its snuffling nose and scrabbling claws, is a wonderfully adapted invertebrate hunter. Of the three coati species, the ring-tailed is the least threatened, but is declining in its native South America because of habitat loss to humans. Durrell first began working with the ring-tailed coati as a ‘model’ and mixed-exhibit species in 1998, with the arrival at Durrell’s headquarters in Jersey of a group of six coatis from Chester Zoo.
This enabled us to develop successful husbandry methods for hopeful future use on a more endangered species, and set up the first mixed exhibit of carnivores with the coatis living alongside the Andean bears in the Cloud Forest Exhibit (formerly known as First Impressions).
- Ring Tailed Coati factsheet (74 kb)