Ring-tailed Coatis are members of the family Procyonids and are relatives of the raccoon.Coatis are diurnal (active during the day) and are great climbers, spending much of their time in the trees. However, Coatis are also quite comfortable on the ground and will often forage for food in the soil. Their long flexible snout, is perfect for poking into crevices and finding invertebrates in the leaf litter and soil. Coatis also have long tails which help them to balance when moving through the trees. Adult male coatis live solitary lives and the females travel in bands of about 30 individuals, comprised of females and immature males.
Female Coatis will accept one male at the beginning of the breeding season to join the band. Ring-tailed Coatis have a polygynous mating system where the male mates with many females. Females will then disperse to build tree nests to raise their 3-7 kits, after 5-6 weeks she will rejoin the band with her offspring.
Unregulated hunting by the fur and pet trades. Habitat loss from deforestation, road building, mining, petroleum and timber extraction. Ring-tailed coatis can be found at forest edges, close to human habitation, increasing potential conflicts.