It's a Kinka-Who? A Kinkajou! | NBC New York

It's a Kinka-Who? A Kinkajou!



    It’s called a kinkajou and it’s the newest addition to the Staten Island Zoo. Now, that same zoo wants your help naming him.

    Kinkajous are in the same family as raccoons and found in Southern Mexico, Central and South America. They generally live in rain forests.

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    Although kinkajous aren't endangered, fur hunters have thinned their numbers. The kinkajou is also an important pollinator. It travels from flower to flower drinking nectar. In fact its name comes from a local language that means "honey bear." Kinkajous are carnivores, but mostly feed on fruits.

    Visitors to the Staten Island Zoo can submit their name choices for the little guy.