Catty Shack Ranch received a call asking Curt, our Executive Director, to identify the species of a found animal. After identifying it, we asked the Jacksonville Wildlife Coalition to help bring her to Catty Shack.
Callie arrived about six months after our first coatimundi was rescued. Though female and adult male coatis do not normally coexist year-round in the wild, we were able to introduce them. Callie is a fairly quiet girl who loves to nap and roll herself up in blankets, so she was easy to get along with. After she lost her roommate, we re-homed Cody, and the two were introduced after he grew big enough to live with another adult.
Callie makes her way around the habitat using the various catwalks, stairs, and ladders provided for her. Not as energetic as her younger roommate, she doesn’t see the need to climb up the walls or across the ceiling to get where she is going. She uses her long claws mostly for digging in the ground or pieces of rotted wood we provide, or for tearing apart pieces of meat or her favorite treats – marshmallows and hard boiled eggs.
The life span for coatis in the wild is 7-10 years, and about 17 years in captivity. At Catty Shack Ranch, Callie enjoys a healthy diet appropriate for her size with vitamins and supplements as required by her species, age, and current health conditions. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.
Arrived: February 11, 2011
Classification: South American coatimundi (Nasua nasua)