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A relative of the raccoon, the ringtail is a small, nocturnal carnivore commonly found in Mexico and the southwestern United States. An expert climber, the ringtail can climb down trees headfirst by rotating its hind feet 180 degrees. This is quite a helpful skill when chasing down prey or trying to escape from predators itself.

RingTail hiding in rocks

Did You Know?

They have excellent eyesight as well as hearing, both helpful adaptations for a nocturnal animal.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Bassariscus astutus

Southwestern United States and Mexico

Forest, desert and rocky areas

2 to 2.5 ft

11 years

Zoo Location:
Night Hunters

Small mammals, insects, birds, reptiles and fruit