Coatis enjoy some Wimbledon-style enrichment
Monday 20 June
Rain may stop play at Wimbledon this week, but Marwell Wildlife’s new arrivals are letting nothing get in their way.
Unlike visitors to Centre Court, these baby ring-tailed coatis weren’t tucking into strawberries and cream, but were enjoying some tasty meal worms stuffed inside tennis balls.
The tennis balls were just one of the latest forms of animal enrichment at the park in Hampshire.
Gordon Campbell, curator at Marwell Wildlife said: “Coatis are opportunist when it comes to food so they have to develop into quick and dexterous adults.
“This enrichment allows them to practice chasing prey and develop their digging skills.”
Marwell currently has 11 adult coatis and five babies which were born in April and May.
- Coatis are omnivorous and primarily eat fruit and invertebrates.
- They are double-jointed and their ankles can rotate beyond 180°which means they can descend trees head first!
- They search for fruit in trees and use their snouts to poke through crevices to find prey on the ground.
- Coatis produce soft whining sounds, but alarm calls are different, consisting of loud woofs and clicks.
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