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North American Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Managed Care

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) (AZA 2012)

  • 1893, earliest known report of a ringtail in a North American zoo
    • Philadelphia Zoological Garden

AZA population

  • 14 males, 20 females in 18 AZA institutions as of 2012 (AZA 2012)

San Diego Zoo Global population

  • Historical notes
    • 2 males, Buffy and Blue, were part of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Rare and Wild show from 1992-1996
  • Current population
    • 1 female at San Diego Zoo as of 2012 (reported in 2012)
      • Born 2009 at Living Desert, Palm Desert, CA

Hand-raised animals not always tame (Poglayen-Neuwall 1990)

  • Males more aggressive than females

Longevity in captivity

  • Long lived
  • May reach over 15 years of age (AZA 2012; Poglayen-Neuwall 1990)
    • 12-14 years normally (Poglayen-Neuwall and Toweill 1988)

North American Ringtail

Ringtail, San Diego Zoo.

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Page Citations

AZA (2012)
Poglayen-Neuwall (1990)
Poglayen-Neuwall and Toweill (1988)

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