Standard English Name
Brazilian common name/s
As its Brazilian common name indicates, this species is often confused with the Kinkajou (Potos flavus), as the habits of the two species are very similar. Olingos are almost entirely arboreal, and are very agile in trees, although they do not have a prehensile tail like the Kinkajou. Its dense coat has a brownish colour, with a creamy-yellow belly, which distinguishes it from the Kinkajou. It has a body length of approximately 40 cm and a 47 cm tail that has dark rings, which are sometimes incomplete.
Ecology and Habitat
It occurs mainly in the west and northwest of the Amazon.
It is a generalist species, feeding mainly on fruit, insects, small vertebrates and pollen.
Little is known about its reproductive biology in the wild. In captivity, a single young is born after a gestation of about 72 days.
Threats and Conservation
Apparently it is only threatened by the alteration and destruction of its forest habitat.
Average values with minimum and maximum in parentheses
Body / tail length (cm):
(35-41)a,b / (37-52) a
Weight (kg) / Height (cm):
(1-1.5) a / -
Living area (km2):
Number of puppies / Gestation (days):
1 / 72
a (Emmons & Feer 1997), b (Kays 2000)
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