Ringtail

Ringtail

Bassariscus astutus

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Biography

Ringtails are relatives of the raccoon and inhabit desert canyons, especially areas with rocky outcrops, caves and mine shafts. Strictly nocturnal, ringtails use their large eyes and keen sense of smell to locate food, including rodents, birds, invertebrates, and plant material. They are excellent mousers. Early settlers, having discovered this fact, would keep them as pets to keep their cabins free of mice. They came to be known as "miner's cats." Ringtails are skilled climbers and leapers, and can negotiate steep canyon walls or trees, using their agile feet and long tails for balance. Predators of ringtails include great horned owls, bobcats and coyotes.

Our Animal's Story

Our two ringtails are Rambo and Acacia. *Rambo was born in the wild in 2010. While we make a practice of not taking healthy animals from the wild, Rambo had been labeled a nuisance animal. After being relocated twice, authorities decided it was best for him to go to a zoo. Rambo came to us in 2011 and is very mischievous. *Acacia was captive-born in 2012 at a zoo in California. She arrived here in 2012 to be a breeding partner for Rambo.

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