"Don't Feed the Animals" Top 5 Page for this destination Parque Nacional Tikal Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Bwana_Brown

  Coatimundi Checking for Insects
by Bwana_Brown

With Tikal National Park being surrounded by miles of jungle, the animals you find here tend to be a bit on the wild side when compared to tourist destinations in more accessable locations. I know that, at both the Brazil and Argentine sides of Iguazu Falls, the Coatimundis (a member of the Racoon family) can be quite aggressive because they have been conditioned to EXPECT to receive food from the thousands of tourists who pass through (even though signs warn against this practise). However, at this more remote Tikal location, we came across two different groups of Coatis who basically ignored us. There was a family of about 7-8 animals, including very young ones, snooping around on one of the trails as they poked their long snouts into holes in the ground which they had dug. We moved past quite slowly, taking photos, and they hardly gave us a second glance as they went about their business. It was good to see that they were still looking for food in the traditional way!

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2006
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