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Kinkajou

 

Peeper is a kinkajou (kink- a -joo) a.k.a. honey bear because of its soft, fluffy, golden-brown fur. They are nocturnal which means they sleep all day and play all night in the Central and South American rainforest. They are arboreal and have a long prehensile tail that can hold onto objects like another arm. They also have a 6-inch tongue that they use to get nectar from flowers. That would be like a human with a 2-foot tongue. A kinkajou can make a soft peeping noise and can also have its peep travel for miles. Although a kinkajou eats mostly fruits it will also eat nectar, honey, eggs, insects, small reptiles, small birds, and small animals. They even hang upside-down when eating fruit so they don't lose any nectar. Another interesting fact is that they are the only meat-eaters that are pollinators.

 

Nocturnal - An animal that sleeps during the day and is awake through the night. They usually have big black eyes that allow them to see in the dark.

Arboreal - An animal that lives mostly in the trees.

 

Prehensile tail - A tail that can grasp on to things. This can help an animal balance and hold itself into position. Some animals can hang by their prehensile tail.

 

Pollinators - Creatures that carry pollen from flower to flower which helps them produce.

Marmoset

 

Oliver, Frankie, and Lou are marmosets that live in the tropical forests of South America. They are diurnal, being most active on cool mornings and the early evening. These are the smallest of all monkeys and move very quickly in vertical and horizontal directions with great agility. Marmosets spend most of their time biting holes into trees to suck on the sap with their special teeth, but will also eat fruit and insects.

 

Diurnal - An animal that is mainly awake during the day and sleeps during the night.

Anteater

 

Kirby is an arboreal anteater called a tamandua (ta-man-do-a). They are mainly nocturnal and have a prehensile tail. They live in South America in the tropical rainforest, tropical deciduous forest, tropical scrub forest, tropical savanna & grasslands.

Tamanduas eat termites and ants by sticking their long sticky tongue in a hole or mound, which can pull hundreds of insects out each time. They can also put that sticky Saliva from their mouth on their fingers and pick the ants up like a human snacking on peanuts. The locals call them the "stinkers of the forest" because they have a powerful stink gland that they mark their territory with.

 

Nocturnal - An animal that sleeps during the day and is awake during the night. They usually have big black eyes that allow them to see in the dark.

 

Arboreal - An animal that lives mostly in the trees.

Prehensile tail - A tail that can grasp on to things. This can help an animal balance and hold itself into position. Some animals can hang by their prehensile tail.

Jaguar

 

Sheeba is a jaguar, which primarily lives in the dense tropical rainforest and swampy grasslands of Central and South America. These are the biggest cats in the western hemisphere and known as the best climbers of all cats. They can chase their food up a tree or climb a tree and wait to drop down on their meal. Jaguars are carnivores that hunt mainly at night to avoid human contact and are the only big cats that don't roar.

 

Carnivore - Meat eating animal.

Anteater

 

Kirby is an arboreal anteater called a tamandua (ta-man-do-a). They are mainly nocturnal and have a prehensile tail. They live in South America in the tropical rainforest, tropical deciduous forest, tropical scrub forest, tropical savanna & grasslands.

 

Tamanduas eat termites and ants by sticking their long sticky tongue in a hole or mound, which can pull hundreds of insects out each time. They can also put that sticky Saliva from their mouth on their fingers and pick the ants up like a human snacking on peanuts. The locals call them the "stinkers of the forest" because they have a powerful stink gland that they mark their territory with.

 

Nocturnal - An animal that sleeps during the day and is awake during the night. They usually have big black eyes that allow them to see in the dark.

 

Arboreal - An animal that lives mostly in the trees.

Prehensile tail - A tail that can grasp on to things. This can help an animal balance and hold itself into position. Some animals can hang by their prehensile tail.

Green Anaconda

 

Sam is a green anaconda, which is the largest of all snakes. The longest one ever recorded was in Colombia in 1994 measuring 37 ½ feet. Travelers have made references to 140-foot anacondas, but they were never confirmed. The anaconda usually stays submerged in the water waiting for prey and can hold its breath for 10 minutes, but will occasionally climb into a tree on a riverbank to drop in on a meal. An anaconda will go with out eating after a big meal for weeks or even months; one in captivity has gone with out eating for 2 years. They also secrete a brownish musk that is poisonous to small organisms believing to prevent ticks and leeches from attaching themselves.