BOISE -- Zoo Boise has introduced its newest residents -- three white-nosed coatis.
According to zoo officials, the two female and one male coatis (pronounced co-AH-tee) arrived at the zoo from Michigan. At only three months old, the coatis are being hand-raised by zookeepers. The public can watch bottle feedings daily at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The zoo already has one female adult coati. Once fully grown, the coatis will be introduced with the hopes of having two successful breeding pairs. Doing so would help ensure a sustainable population of the species among zoos and in the wild, zoo officials said.
Coatis, also called coatimundi, are small mammals native to Central and South America and are related to raccoons.
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