Brevard Zoo’s New Expanded White-Nosed Coati Habitat Set to Welcome Three Occupants

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managed by Brevard Zoo general curator Lauren Hinson

Coatis are expert diggers, and these guys wasted no time clawing through the dirt in their future home. (Brevard Zoo image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Following the expansion of Brevard Zoo’s white-nosed coati habitat earlier this year, one male and two female coatis have arrived at the Zoo.

The yet-to-be-named youngsters, who were born at a private facility in Texas in May, are new founders for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ White-Nosed Coati Species Survival Plan, which is managed by Brevard Zoo’s general curator, Lauren Hinson.

They’re living behind the scenes for now, but—if all goes according to plan—the trio will move into one side of the coati habitat next month while geriatric females Katie and Lupita stay on the other side.

Eventually, all four females will be grouped together and the male will live independently.

Keepers are preparing the trio for life in their future home by transporting them to and from the coati habitat for daily exploratory sessions.

If you’re lucky, you may catch one of these “field trips” in progress during your next visit at the Brevard Zoo.

The yet-to-be-named youngsters (who were born at a private facility in Texas in May) are new founders for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ White-Nosed Coati Species Survival Plan, which is managed by Brevard Zoo’s general curator, Lauren Hinson. (Brevard Zoo image)
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