Small Animals


Look in up or in a hollow log and you may find a raccoon in its enclosure.

By day wild raccoons generally retire to denning or resting sites. Raccoon “hands” are sensitive enough to pick out even the smallest edible morsels.



They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur. They have an average length of 20 inches and weigh about 1.5–4 pounds. They have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.


Kinkajous live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, where they spend most of their time in the trees.  The kinkajou also has a prehensile (gripping) tail that is uses much like another arm.



There are several dozen different species of opossum. The most notable is the Virginia opossum or common opossum.  The opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada.

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