The Kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyanidae and is also known as the “honey bear”. They may live up to 40 years in captivity. Native to Central and South America, it is arboreal and rarely seen by people unless hunted for meat or pelt. It is most closely related to the raccoon, but is often mistaken for a ferret or monkey.
Koopa was acquired at 4 months of age and lived the next 8 months with Julieanne, a ring-tailed lemur. He’s nocturnal and sleeps during the daytime, while she’s diurnal and active in the daylight. Although carnivorous, the majority of their diet is ripe fruits. Koopa is obviously enjoying the ripe mango enough to venture out in broad daylight.
This little guy looks for the darkest spot to hide and has decided that he loves the box we found and converted for him. He twists and turns in all sorts of contortions trying to get comfortable in his little fort. He especially seems to love the fact that it’s not big enough for two and he can get away from Julieanne for a long nap!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulates exotic animals. Since the Lemur and Kinkajou are not on the list requiring Class I (most dangerous), Class II, or those not requiring a permit, they fall under the Class III license of “all ther regulated exotics”. This is a free online permit and is how exotic pet stores can sell lemurs, kinkajous, skunks, or foxes.
We hope people will learn from Koopa & Julieanne’s story and reconsider buying exotic pets from pet stores.