Three female coatis at Wildlife Images have a new roommate… and it’s a male coati (gasp!). To the delight of visitors, Baby and Calyx have gotten along well in the Coati Habitat for more than two years. What many visitors don’t know is other white-nosed coatis have lived at Wildlife Images for almost a year but have not been on tour. In the wild, coatis, native from Arizona to Argentina, live in groups of females and babies. Males are loners except during breeding season. The introduction was very delicate in order to get three females to accept a male into their space. To make sure everything went smoothly the animals first started by exchanging homes. That way the coatis got to know each other through scent first.
When they met for the first time nose to nose there was a fence separating them. During this stage the year could see, smell, and hear each other but there was no contact. After about a week our Animal Care staff felt comfortable with the big move! Team members were on hand to observe for several hours that first day.The coatis will get extra attention for the coming weeks to make sure there are no problems between the new roommates. In case your wondering, there won’t be any baby coatis at Wildlife Images. Gaston is fixed. This is a standard practice at Wildlife Images. We, of course, focus our energies on rehabilitation and sanctuary. If we allowed residents to breed we would burn through the limited space, resources, and staff we have and essentially not be supporting our mission of Saving Wildlife. Come by and see our happy and healthy coati troop by reserving a tour today!