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Bushy-tailed Olingo

Bassaricyon gabbii


Guessing, two and a half feet total length; tail slightly longer than body


We were in front of a coffee shop outside the national park that had a string of hummingbird feeders on the patio. This cute animal appeared suddenly, crawling nimbly down a thin wire to this feeder.


The olingo is a largely nocturnal herbivore.We were told it is the national animal of Costa Rica and found only in the high mountains.

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auntnance123 7 years ago

Thanks, Alice. Until this encounter I'd never heard of this animal. In researching the olingo I found a blog about the Hummingbird Gallery where this one was seen. A worker at the coffee shop had remarked that their olingo was the "most famous" one in Costa Rica, having been photographed everyday since he worked there. Where to see one:

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

I don't belive I ever seen one in Costa Rica. Nice Series!

auntnance123 7 years ago

It was a very cool experience. I've learned that the trick is to go there in the afternoon for the best chance of seeing the olingo.

dandoucette 7 years ago

Very cool spot nance!

auntnance123 7 years ago

I discovered a file of lost photos. The final shot shows the animal's lack of the prehensile tail distinguishing it from the kinkajou. (A quick image search reveals a host of pictures of olingos in this location.)

Carolina 9 years ago

He was holding like this:

Or he was holding himself with his tail? Because Olingos and Kinkajous ( are really similar, but Olingos lack of prehensile tails.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

He must have a sweet tooth.

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 29, 2011
Submitted on Apr 1, 2011

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