Tayra

Eira barbara

Tayras are both terrestrial and arboreal. On the ground, they run and bounce with the back arched and the tail along the ground. In the trees, they climb and move swiftly, using the tail for balance. Tayras take shelter in tree hollows, underground burrows, or in tall grasses.

Fact File

pronunciationPronunciation: TY-rah
where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 2.9 to 3.8 ft
weightWeight: 9 to 13 lb
lifespanLifespan: 18 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Birds, small mammals, and fruits