The Behavior and Ecology of Olingos (Bassaricyon gabii) and Their Competition with Kinkajous (Potos flavus) in Central Panama
|Title||The Behavior and Ecology of Olingos (Bassaricyon gabii) and Their Competition with Kinkajous (Potos flavus) in Central Panama|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Keywords||abundance, Bassaricyon gabbii, Diet, distribution, feces, olingos|
Five olingos (Bassaricyon gabbii) were captured with hoistable tree traps in central Panama. Observation of feeding individuals and the contents of 8 faeces identified 15 species of fruits and flowers in the olingo's diet. No evidence for carnivory was observed. One adult male used a home range of 37.5 ha (95% MCP), and travelled 1412 ± 272 m in a 1/2 night. Olingos appear to share many ecological and behavioral traits with kinkajous (Potos flavus), and competition for food may limit the abundance and distribution of the threatened olingo.