Trivia question for Jan-29-2011
I am sure by now that just by looking at this picture you can probably figure out who picked the species for today’s trivia. That’s right, it was Olivia and when she saw this picture, she just had to use it. So here goes:
In Mexico, these guys are referred to as “Night Monkey’s” which is sometimes confusing since there actually is another species called a “Night Monkey. It’s furred and prehensile tail is not only for climbing, it also acts as a snug pillow for their infants.
Although these guys are found living with some locals as pets, these soft and cuddly looking animals and inflict serious wounds with it’s sharp canine. We already know that they are fairly common throughout it’s range, but in some areas their numbers are declining.
So here are our questions. Can you tell us what kind of animal this is and also tell us why they are declining in certain areas?
Good Luck 😉
Congratulations are in order for Sean Dawes for being the first with the correct answer. The animal we featured is a Kinkajou, also known as the honey bear (a name it shares with the sun bear), is a rainforest mammal of the family related to Olingos, Coatis, and Raccoons. Kinkajous may be mistaken for Ferrets or Monkeys, but are not related.
Kinkajous are plentiful in most areas but where mass deforestation is occurring, their numbers are declining sharply. The fur trade is also affecting their numbers as some still seek out their furs. Kinkajous are a vital part of the pollination process in the forest as they spread nectar and seeds throughout their range.
Here is more on these furry little guys: Kinkajou
Thanks for playing along 😉