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Kinkajou (Potos flavus) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat


Neotropical (Glatston 1994)

  • Southern Mexico to Bolivia

Range limits

  • Northern most limit
    • Tamaulipas in eastern Mexico (Ford and Hoffmann 1988)
  • Southern most limit
    • Central Bolivia and Mato Grosso in central Brazil (Ford and Hoffmann 1988)


Closed canopy forest (Glatston 1994)

  • Tropical rain, evergreen, savanna, and dry  forests (Kays et al. 2008)
      • Some forests of the Brazilian Cerrado (Ford and Hoffmann 1988)
      • Not found in dry, open regions (Glatston 1994)
      • Atlantic coastal and evergreen gallery forests of the Cerrado in Brazil (Ford and Hoffmann 1988)
  • Preferred undisturbed sites
    • Especially those with mature stages of tropical perennial forest (Figueroa and Arita 2013)
    • Found in some secondary forests in French Guiana (Ford and Hoffmann 1988)

Elevational range

  • 0-2,500 m (0-8,202 ft) (Ford and Hoffmann 1988; Kays et al. 2008)

Distribution Map

Map of Kinkajou distribution

Kinkajou distribution.

Adapted from According to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution information (IUCN).

SDZWA Library Links

Page Citations

Figuerosa et al. (2013)
Ford and Hoffman (1988)
Glatson (1994)
Kays et al. (2008)