- Kinkajou (pronounced KINK ah joo) lives in tropical rain forests from southern Mexico through Brazil. Their small, hand-like feet have fingers that are a bit webbed and end with sharp little claws. Dense, wooly fur acts as a raincoat to help keep them dry. A kinkajou’s tail is longer than its head and body.
Looking a bit like a monkey, kinkajous are often mistakenly called primates. Kinkajous are actually carnivores in the family Procyonidae, which includes raccoons, coatis, ringtails, and olingos.