December 17, 2004
This was taken inside the house; we don’t dare put them outside yet—the other monkeys would play with them for a while and then throw them away.
The tiny monkeys love to cling to the bigger ones, but, after some time, the bigger ones don’t like that.
It’s a tiny bear, still a baby, brought to us by some children whose father had hunted the mother. Now the baby is an orphan.
I’m not sure yet if it’s a male or female, but fortunately the Kinkajou eats well and is already very playful.
December 22, 2004
I’m sending you some new pictures of the marmosets, the ocelot, a wild marmoset on our land, the chacana (bird) in our fish pool and one photo of the tiny new kinkajou — that’s what it seems to be.
The marmosets are still in our house but are going out into their big cage where they will stay until they get used to nature. These are the smallest living monkeys. They measure about 15 inches long, including a 7-inch tail. Generally, they weigh about 4 ounces when fully grown. Their coats are tawny, sprinkled with gray. The tails are ringed and long hairs on heads and cheeks form a mane which hides their ears.
I wanted to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas — and for the New Year, I wish all health, joy and time for the people and things you love.
Kinkajou means “honey bear.” They were so-named by Indians because of their love of honey. Because they are nocturnal, they are also known as “night walkers” in parts of Central and South America, where they live. They feed mainly on fruit and insects and are classified as Carnivora, and are members of the raccoon family.
Kinkajou’s live in tropical forests and use their long tails to swing back and forth from high tree canopies, and also to hang on while eating. Including their tail, they reach approximately 3 feet long, with dense, woolly, yellow-brown fur and they are only one of two carnivores that have prehensile tails.