Animals on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
The Raccoons (Mapache) in Costa Rica belong to the same species as those in North America. They are found near beaches
and rivers, or sometimes at night in your kitchen looting your food supplies.
The clever animals with their Bandido masks quickly learn how to open cupboards and fridges.
The White-nosed Coati (Pizote) is diurnal and frequently seen in Costa Rica. Adult males are solitary while females and juveniles live in groups of up to 20 members.
These long-nosed members of the raccoon family have a highly developed sense of smell to localize their food which ranges from fruit to mice, tarantulas, lizards and your kitchen contents. Coatis have even been known to unscrew bottles.
Though not uncommon, Kinkajous (Martilla) are hardly seen as they avoid the daylight.
At night you can often hear them call: they make a short, barking wee-wee-wee.
Kinkajous look really cute (if it wasn't too dark to see them) with big black eyes, little round ears and a soft, gold-colored fur. Their prehensile tail is longer than the body helping them to climb around the treetops when searching for fruit, honey or insects.
It isn't recommended to have kinkajous as a pet as they might bear the roundworm which can cause death in a person. See: Raccoon Roundworms in Pet Kinkajous
The Olingo is very similar to the kinkajou but it is smaller. Its body is 35 to 47 cm long, with a tail length of 40 to 48 cm and it
has a narrower snout and a bushy, nonprehensile tail which it holds straight while the kinkajou wraps its tail around branches while climbing.
The olingo lives in the upper canopy of the forest in areas from sea level up to 2,000 meters. The nocturnal animal feeds on fruit, mostly figs,
but it also eats insects or small rodents if there is nothing else available.
To defend themselves olingos possess an anal scent gland similar to that of a skunk.