Animals of Costa Rica

Central American White Nosed Coatimundi

Category: Mammals

The White Nosed Coati or Coatimundi is a member of the Procyonidae family which includes raccoons. These animals are intelligent and adjust to human presence much like their cousins the raccoon.

Young are left with babysitters while adults go off to find food.

Coati Mob Video

Over the past few weeks, staff together with our animal husbandry and wildlife conservation interns have been trekking out to the forest to install infra-red camera traps in various sites in order to find prime locations for species-specific releases. The video footage we have received is amazing and reminds us of the astonishing amount of wildlife we have here in Costa Rica. From agoutis to packs of coatis, wild peccaries, tamanduas and even the rarest species of all, wild ocelot’s we caught it all on tape! This video is a minute long, but make sure you watch the whole clip, it’s worth it!

Taxonomy (Nasua narica)
Other Common Names Pizote, antoon, and tejón
Habitat Wooded Areas/Forests of America. Found at sea level to 9,000 ft.
Behavior Unlike their relatives the raccoon they are active during the day instead of at night (nocturnal).

Coatis are good climbers using their tails for balance. They prefer foraging on the ground.
Diet Coatimundi are omnivores, eating small vertebrates, insects, carrion, fruit, snakes and eggs.