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 former enclosure-mate, Lily, who passed away on October 10, 2018, came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with 14 other animals from a facility in Colorado. The facility closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.


Though he has not been with us very long, Macano made himself right at home at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Macano is outgoing and enjoys exploring his 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 did, Macano prefers his meat first and if he is still hungry he will finally eat his fruit.


Macano 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 now simply serves as an easy way to identify him.

Where in Sanctuary

Macano lives off tour in Elm Grove between Santana Serval and Magoo Ocelot. In the colder months, Macano spends his time in an indoor enclosure. Because of his size, he has a hard time regulating his body temperature when it gets cooler outside.

Pet Trade

Coatimundis like Macano are popular in the pet trade. These animals generally are 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 were both declawed which is a popular practice with wild animals in the pet trade to make an animal "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. 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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