Cozumel Island Raccoon

The Cozumel Island Raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus) lives only on the island of Cozumel, off the coast of Mexico. The Cozumel Island Raccoon is much smaller than the common raccoon from the mainland and only weighs 3 - 4 kilograms. Other distinctive features are a large black throat band with a light yellow or bronze colored tail and smaller teeth. They live in the mangrove smaps of the island. They are thought to have also lived on the mainland of Mexico, but through habitat destruction and hunting, the only place they live now is on the island of Cozumel. Also on the island of Cozumel, their numbers are declining, through habitat destruction and tourism might also have an impact.

Interesting fact: the Cozumel Island Raccoon is the smallest species of raccoon in the world.

The Cozumel island raccoon, cozumel raccoon bears is listed as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Cozumel raccoon
A young / baby of a Cozumel raccoon is called a 'kit'. The females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A Cozumel raccoon group is called a 'nursery'.

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