The Tayra is native to Central and South America, Trinidad and Tobago and is found in many different habitats including tropical and subtropical forests, cloud forests, dry scrub forests and gallery forests.
It is a mustelid, like the ferret, and will emit a strong smell from its anal glands as self defence.
Active during the day (diurnal) and dawn and dusk (crepuscular), the Tayra is a very good climber and has short, curved claws that help them grip. They have poor eyesight, so have to track their prey (food) by scent.
They are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals and their diet consists of invertebrates, carrion (dead animals), fruit, honey, rodents and other small mammals.
Lifespan – 18 years in captivity
IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern