White-nosed coatis live in protective bands of 4-30 individuals including males up to two years of age and females who are not necessarily related.
White-nosed coatis live in bands of 4-30 individuals including males up to two years of age and females who are not necessarily related. 12 individuals in a white-nosed coati band is more typical.
These groups are beneficial for many reasons including protection of the young from predators. Grooming and nursing comes from both the mother of the young and other females equally. These relationships take time to develop, but once the bond is established between members, they are loyal to each other.
Band home ranges are about 1 kilometer in diameter, and are overlapped on the edges by other groups. A single band’s range also includes the areas of several adult males.
New bands arise from splitting of previous bands, which explains the lack of aggression between neighboring groups.