Macano Coatimundi

Macano is social and inquisitive. He does not like the cold at all.  He prefers to stay in his warm den box even on warmer days.  Macano is always up for attention though and always wants to know what is going on and to see if anyone brought him something good to eat.  Macano loves insects and is quick to eat them first when he gets his food. He loves smelly perfumes and will rub them into his tail!

Born October 23, 2006

Rescued October 4, 2016

How Macano Came to the Sanctuary

Macano and his enclosure mate Lily came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with 13 other animals from a facility out in west.  This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. 


Though they have not been with us long Macano and her enclosure mate Lily are making themselves right at home at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Macano is very outgoing and enjoys exploring his new environment.  Within the first few minutes of being in his new enclosure he was sniffing all of his enrichment and showing off his climbing skills.  Much like Lily, Macano prefers his meat first and if he is still hungry he will finally eat his fruit.


Macano is the larger of the two coatimundis.  He weighs around 16 pounds.  Macano also has two black “moles” on the left side of his snout. These “moles” are from previously impacted scent glands that have long since drained. It has no impact on his current health and will simply serve as an easy way for you to differentiate him from Lily.

Where in Sanctuary

Currently Macano is living in an enclosure inside. Because of his size he has a hard time regulating his body temperature during the colder months. Once it warms up again he will be moved to his new habitat outside built just for him!

Pet Trade

Coatimundis like Macano are popular in the pet trade.  These animals generally very laid back and docile which leads people to believe they are good pets.  Coatimundis however are wild animals that should be and deserve to be in the wild.  Lily and Macano are both declawed which a popular practice with wild animals in the pet trade, to make an animals "safer".  Coatimundis often suffer in homes and can often develop OCD behaviors.  These animals are very intelligent and very active.  They spend the majority of their day foraging for food which keeps their minds and bodies in shape, and they are often not given this opportunity when they are kept as pets.  Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that no wild animal should be a pet.

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