What Animal Is a Raccoon Cousin?

The raccoon’s cousins include the coati, the kinkajou, the ringtail cat, the cacomistle, the olingo and other types of raccoons, including the crab-eating raccoon and the Cozumel raccoon. All of these animals belong to the family Procyonidae.

The kinkajou is found from Mexico to Brazil and in the Amazon rainforest. At one time, scientists thought it was a type of primate because it lives in trees, has a prehensile tail and grasps things with its fingers. The olingo resembles the kinkajou, but its tail isn’t prehensile.

The ringtail is found as far north as Oregon and as far south as Mexico. It’s notable for its catlike features and very long, ringed tail.