200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 143: “Jodie the Coati ”

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Jodie the white-nosed coati

Jodie the Coati

Sometimes Jodie comes out from behind the scenes to educate our visitors, but a chance to see her up close is rare indeed! Jodie, our white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), came to the Academy in 2001 when she was less than one year old. Wildlife authorities found her on the streets of New Jersey, and she received treatment for starvation and dehydration before she found a permanent home in the Academy’s Live Animal Center. Native to southeast Arizona, Mexico, and parts of Central and South America, coatis are powerful, inquisitive animals with sharp claws and canine teeth. Jodie’s caretakers think she may have been an illegal pet that escaped or was released by her owner.

You can meet the animals in the Academy’s Live Animal Center any day of the week. Visit us today!

Photography: Cora Rivera.

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