WATCH: Brevard Zoo Welcomes Two White-Nosed Coati Bands ‘Sky and Rita’

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Sky and Rita were born at a private facility in Texas in May

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard Zoo’s white-nosed coati band is growing with the arrival of two new females. The younger coati is founders of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for this species.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard Zoo welcomes two female coatis named Sky and Rita who will join the rest of the group, including two older coati residents, Lupita and Katie, and a trio of 1-year-olds, Tito, Agave, and Romi.

All our younger coati are founders of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ White-Nosed Coati Species Survival Plan, which is managed by our director of animal programs, Lauren Hinson.

SSPs manage the populations of animals within AZA-accredited zoos to ensure healthy, genetically diverse groups.

Agave, who we discovered has a congenital heart defect, will not be a part of the SSP. She was recently spayed to prevent her from passing on this life-threatening condition. We’re dedicated to providing her with the best care possible, and we hope she’ll be a companion for Tito year-round in the future.

While coati is a social species, adult males are more solitary, except for during the breeding season. (Brevard Zoo image)

While coati is a social species, adult males are more solitary, except for during the breeding season.

As most of our coati are still young, you’ll likely see Tito with the rest of the coatis for now – but he may be separated from the rest of the females as he matures.

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