San Diego Zoo Global has had kinkajous in its collection on and off since the 1920s. Today, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park each have a kinkajou. The Zoo’s kinkajou serves as an animal ambassador, meeting Zoo guests up close during special programs as a representative of disappearing rain forests.
Although kinkajous are not an endangered species, poachers hunt them for fur and meat or for the exotic pet trade, threatening their numbers. Because they are wild animals, kinkajous do not make good pets, no matter how cute you might think they are! Kinkajous have a painful bite and can be destructive to a home in the middle of the night, when they are most active.
You can help us bring species back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.