Kinkajou 

 

A small rain forest little creature some call the honey bear. Its coat is plush, velvety, soft and dense. Kinkajous are one of our favorite animals. If handled properly they are very sweet and good nurtured. Even when bonded to their owner(s) they will go from person to person without hesitation, interacting with strangers just as if they were its owner. They are very quiet clean and inoffensive animals. They are nocturnal and are very active at night.  They have a prehensile tail that allows them to hang from trees and branches in the wild.

 

What is a Kinkajou?

 

Kinkajous naturally live in the rainforest and are related to raccoons and coatimundi. They are not related to monkeys. They have fully prehensile grasping tails, which can be used like an extra "hand" when climbing. The tail can be almost as long as the body and is also used for balance when moving from one tree limb to another. 

 

Kinkajous are very mellow-mannered which makes them a delicate and cuddly pet. Kinkajous are by far the best large exotic I have ever dealt with. They have velvety soft fur and their palms have bare skin. 

Kinkajou Basics

 

Average Lifespan: Up to 25 Years. 

 

Diet: Kinkajous eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily along with Zupreem monkey biscuits. Treats may be given daily which include graham cracker, fig Newton, raisins or dates. 

 

Size at Adulthood : 4- 7 pounds  and roughly the size of a small house cat. 

 

Minimum Cage size: Minimum size enclosure is 4’x 8’x6’. If you live in a milder climate you may keep your kinkajou outdoors all year round providing heat in the winter. If you plan to keep it in a smaller parrot size cage you should give the kinkajou several hours per evening to get out and play.

 

 

Caring for a Kinkajou in Captivity

 

Habitat: Kinkajous are fairly large animals and will need a large space. A bird cage is typically not spacious enough unless it is very large. Minimum cage size is at least 20 square feet of floor space. 

 

Branches and a sleeping box are important for enrichment. Swings, hammocks, and hanging toys are great also. Keeping them very shaded in the sun is imperative. 

 

Kinkajous can be housed together and will benefit greatly from companionship, especially if  you are not awake during the night. 

 

Food: Kinkajous eat a wide variety of fruits including apple, banana, mango, papaya, watermelon and figs. They also eat commercial monkey biscuits as a form of protein. 

 

Handling:  Kinkajous have sharp non-retractable claws. These can be trimmed. 

Training: Probably the biggest and most important aspect is training. A baby kinkajou does many cute an adorable things that will not be cute at adulthood. You must be firm in training - this lasts months. Persistent correction and positive reinforcement.

Do they need baths?

No, kinkajous are very clean and do not have a foul odor. Spot cleaning their feet with wipes would be sufficient. 

Should I get two so my kinkajou will not be lonely?

Kinkajous are very social and would enjoy the company of another kinkajou especially since they are nocturnal and are awake during the night when people are normally asleep. 

Do they require Vaccinations or shots?

I recommend rabies and distemper vaccines as well as regular dewormings done by a vet. 

Can I take my kinkajou outside?

Your kink can have supervised outside time but be sure to keep a close eye on him/her - they can climb high in trees. 

Do they have an odor, or offensive smell?

Although they do have scent glands they are not very smelly. You must keep their cage clean of poop to prevent a buildup of smell. 

How are they with other pets?

They are friendly with other animals, however dogs can be rough even accidentally and must be watched carefully. 

What is their general personality?

Kinks are gentle and fun. They love to play all night and sleep all day. Kinkajous can become members of the family.

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