Anyone who has noticed our pair of coatis must have wondered how these animals, originating from distant South America, have found their way into our Zoological Garden, which mainly holds animals from our own region. The answer lies in our attempts to cope with the huge nesting burden on the Garden's trees. Our two coatis, now about a year old, arrived here when they were very young. The idea is to deploy them as a deterrent against the herons, egrets and ibises that nest in the trees. When the next breeding season begins we will allow the coatis to climb the Garden's trees every day. We believe that this will deter the birds and cause them to leave the Garden and choose to nest in a safer place.
In the meantime, the coatis are growing up, becoming accustomed to Ehud Katzir, their keeper, and enjoy a variety of enrichment tools that keep them busy and happy.