Five new coatis have joined Jimmy, Bertie, Brush, Lola and Frankie in the Animal Adventure coati tree tops. With two new girls and three new boys, keepers have dubbed the new coatis after the Scooby Doo gang, naming them Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and (of course) Scooby.
Less than a year old, the new arrivals are easy to tell apart from ZSL London Zoo’s existing group, and have settled in nicely into the family.
“With our existing coatis all being from the same litter, we weren’t sure how they would react to newcomers,” says keeper Adam Davies. “However, once they were introduced to each other both groups got along swimmingly.”
Having settled in without a hiccup, the Scooby-doo gang have already been making their mark at tree tops. Despite being the youngest, a couple bold personalities have been seen chasing the older boys away when it comes to feeding time.
“One of the girls is very bold when it comes to food, and we’ve already seen her chasing off some of the males like Bertie and Brush. This is pretty normal in the wild, as it’s the women who lead the groups while the men usually stay solitary.”
Along with learning the values of girl power, the new coatis have also been trained in other exciting areas. The coati arrived to ZSL London Zoo from Germany, and before they were placed in their new home, keepers gave them basic box training and taught them how to stand still for injections. However, keepers have yet to teach the gang how to drive The Mystery Machine or how to unmask monsters.
“What they really enjoy at the moment is exploring their new home and eating. So I don’t think they’ll be solving any mysteries just yet.”