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Coati AKA Coatimundi

Living in Satipo, Peru is where we fell in love with these adorable creatures called Coatimundi. You may not be familiar with this fur ball animals, which inhabits most of South America and Central America, but I guarantee you know about one of the mammal’s family member, the raccoon.

Coatis, like its cousin, this mammal is the size of a large house cat. Weighing anywhere from 2–7.2 kg (4.4–15.9 lb) and have a total length of 85–113 cm (33–44 in), half of that being its tail. Coatis can reach a height of 30cm (12in) tall at the shoulders. All coatis share a slender head with an elongated, flexible, slightly upward-turned nose, small ears, dark feet, and a long, non-prehensile tail mostly used for balance and signaling.

Unlike the nocturnal raccoon, which is active at night, the coati mostly gets its rest when it’s dark. They are what you would call a diurnal animals. These animals turn treetops into bedrooms by building comfortable nest out of twig-and-leaf in branches for them and their young ones. As a coati sleeps, it tucks its nose into its belly. During the day, the coati is all about snacking. Coatis search for fruit in trees high in the canopy, and use their snouts to poke through crevices to find animal prey on the ground. They also search for animal prey by turning over rocks on the ground or ripping open logs with their claws.

Unfortunately, coatis are facing a growing rate of unregulated hunting, illegal trading of these animals as pets or fur, and the serious threat of environmental destruction of Central and South America, especially the amazon rain forest.  This is why we have decided to help these lovable creature and opened a nursery. Read about our nursery blog here.

Coati Nursery

Misha’s Mundi Nursery, is an animal rescue center located in Satipo, Peru. The nursery is structured and dedicated only for Coatis; check out our blog about coatis to know more about them.  We are not a zoo, and we do not buy nor sell our coatis. Here at Misha’s Mundi Nursery we strive to rescue coatis from all over Peru that have been injured, mistreated, taken from their natural habitat, or dislocated due to serious threat of environmental destruction of the amazon rainforest.  Almost, all of our coatis have been impacted by humans, intentionally or not.  Many have been victims or have become orphans due to dog attacks, unregulated hunting, and illegal trading.

Misha’s Mundi Nursery has all the right ingredients for coatis to live in their natural environment with tons of care and love to help them recover. Read about our farming grounds here. Within the farm land, the coatis can roam freely, eat what they want, and be protected from their predators, and far away from being hunted.  Our goal at Misha’s Mundi Nursery is to rehabilitate and reintroduce these coatis back to their natural habitat

However, not all coatis can be returned to the wild, in most cases, our rescued coatis have been in contact with humans, either briefly or for longer periods of time (previous pets) then abandon when unfit or inconvenience, or part of a trade war where the coatis lived in disgusting holding facilities. None of these environments resemble their natural habitat, and when eventually returned to the wild, these poor animals are not able to adapt. Many coatis released back to the wild after harsh captivity also get infected by other wild animals, thus causing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

In summary, coatis that have been kept as pets or in captivity for long periods of time, have lost their natural instincts, their ability to fight infections or common diseases found in the wild and depend on humans for food and shelter.  The human dependency of the coatis, as well as the risk of being infected by diseases, unfortunately makes most of these animals unfit for reintroduction as this could lead to the animal’s death. The nursery centre will offer them a place to live out their lives peacefully, healthfully, and as part of a social and safe group of coatis.

Whatever the situation, our nursery provides a place to help the coatis flourish, and continue to be part of our ecosystem.