Kinkajou (Potos flavus), also known as the Honey Bear,
is a nocturnal rainforest mammal related to the raccoons. It
is the only member of the genus Potos.
and body length is 450-760 mm tail length is 392-570 mm. Weights
of adults range from 1.4-4.6 kg. with males generally being
larger than females. Coloration is tawny olive to yellowish
brown to brown on the upper parts and upper surface of the tail.
There is sometimes a black middorsal line. The undersurface
of the prehensile tail varies from yellow, buff or brownish
yellow, the muzzle is dark brown to blackish and the fur is
soft and woolly.
P. flavus has a rounded head and short face. The hind
feet are longer than the front and have sharp claws. Females
have two mammae. Breeding occurs year round in most of the range,
but usually take place in April and May in Surinam. Gestation
is 112-118 days resulting in one offspring and infrequently
twins are born. Weighing between 150-200 grams, the young are
born in a hollow tree and will open their eyes at 7-19 days.
At 7 weeks they take solid food and can hang by their tales.
Sexual maturity is attained at 1.5 yrs. for males and 2.25 yrs.
The Kinkajou is almost entirely arboreal, inhabiting forest
where it spends its days in a hollow tree, emerging only to
cool off on hot, humid days. At night it hunts for fruits, honey,
insects and small vertebrates. Generally solitary, small groups
sometimes form, but only temporarily, to feed in fruit bearing
flavus is native
in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil (Mato Grosso), Columbia, Costa Rica,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico (S Tamaulipas and and Guerrero
and possibly Michoacan), Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela.