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Welcome Fuzzy The Kinkajou

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Fuzzy  the kinkajou, is a new arrival to the zoo.  Fuzzy was a pet for two years and to the surprise of our staff, his owner brought him to the zoo minus any cage.  They rode the bus together, he stayed snuggled around her neck, and we wondered if Fuzzy had to pay busfare!


They both arrived safely to the zoo, and we accepted Fuzzy into the zoo clan.  He stayed off-site so he could become used to zoo staff and the standard tender loving care given to the animals here.   His diet was vastly improved.  Many times, when people keep wildlife as pets, they do not provide a balanced diet for them, and this can result in various deficiencies, sickness and an overall weak condition.  Fuzzy needed a bit of upgrading in his daily meals, and in a short time, his golden coat was glowing and his behavior reflected that of a healthy and very happy kinkajou.


The kinkajou, or “nightwalker” as we also know them in Belize, is closely related to raccoons and coatimundis.  Even though they are classified as carnivores, they prefer to dine on sweet fruits, flower nectar, and sometimes insects. They preference for sweets earned them the nickname “honey bears.”

In order to fulfill the “carnivore” part of his identity, we provide Fuzzy with a bit of chicken. Turning upside down, Fuzzy will eat the chicken as if it were the treat of a lifetime!  What else is on the menu?  Papaya, watermelon and of course, bananas, satisfy the boy’s appetite here at the Zoo.
Fuzzy will become one of the highlights of the Zoo’s night tour, along with other nocturnal critters like the owls, tapirs,  and jaguars!
Like our other Belize Zoo animals, Fuzzy has a sign by his exhibit which passes on important information to our visitors.  His sign reads:

I AM A KINKAJOU AND WAS KEPT AS A PET!
 HEY JUST A SECOND!  I’M NOT FINISHED QUITE YET!
THE WILDLIFE OF BELIZE BELONGS IN THE WILD!
AND THAT IS MY MESSAGE FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD!


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