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White-nosed coati

Nasua narica

White nosed coati

White-nosed coatis are members of the raccoon family. They look similar to raccoons but have distinctive long, protruding snouts. They have brown, reddish or yellow fur, a dark face and white markings on their eyes, nose and ears. They are found mainly in central America. Groups of 15 to 30 females are found together and males are mainly solitary. In fact males, due to their different behaviour, were once thought to be a different species called ‘coatimundi’.

Belfast Zoo is home to the only breeding pair of white-nosed coati in the UK or Ireland. Our pair are called Costa and Pepe.

Animal class


Diet - Omnivore
Coatis are omnivores and eat a diet of insects, fruit and small vertebrates such as mice, frogs and lizards. They use their long snouts to sniff out food and search under rocks.

Coatis are between 46 centimetres (cm) and 69cm long and their tails measure between 49cm and 62cm. They weigh around 4.5 kilograms.

White-nosed coatis are found in southern USA, Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe that white nosed coatis are in any danger of extinction.

Coatis are hunted for their meat and the pet trade.

Current population
The population of white-nosed coatis is increasing.

Zoo population
There are 150 white-nosed coatis in zoos around the world.