Many people ask, who or what is in that enclosure next to the king vultures? The answer to that question is, Palmer the kinkajou!
Kinkajous are a nocturnal mammal from Central and South America. They are often called “honey bears” and are related to raccoons and coatis. They are an omnivore, but most of their diet is made up of ripe, juicy fruits. Our kinkajou prefers grapes and bananas!
Palmer has been a member of the Zoo family since October of 2003. Before retiring to an exhibit in the Main Building, he was a member of the Zoo’s Education Collection. He spends most of his days now curled up underneath a nice cozy blanket; however he does interact daily with the keeper staff. We are currently working on getting him to step on a scale for monthly weigh-ins. Next time you visit, look up in the left hand corner of the exhibit and you just might get a glimpse of him!
– Kellee Wolowitz, zoologist