New to the OKC Zoo: Coati BB-8 & Lando Bring 'The Force' to Cat Forest

The OKC Zoo is proud to welcome white-nosed coatis BB-8 and Lando to its animal family!

BB-8 and Lando were born at Idaho’s Zoo Boise on May 4, 2017. This date, May the fourth, marks an unofficial, grassroots Star Wars holiday due to its similarity to the film franchise’s often-used mantra “May the Force be with you”. This inspired Zoo Boise caretakers to name the coati brothers after characters from the iconic movies.

The OKC Zoo is celebrating Star Wars Day on Friday, May 4 with Star Wars-themed animal enrichment activities from 10am to 2pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters, but mock weapons like lightsabers are not allowed. Stay tuned to social media and the blog for more information!

Closely related to raccoons, coatis are native to both North and South America with United States populations in New Mexico and Arizona. Coatis have long snouts adapted to discovering food in holes and strong claws for digging. They eat fruit, small rodents and lizards, foraging on the ground or in trees. In the wild, median life expectancy for the species is about seven years, but in human care, their average lifespan is 14 years.

Though currently categorized as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), white-nosed coati populations are declining due to large-scale habitat loss and hunting.

BB-8 and Lando can be found at the OKC Zoo’s Cat Forest habitat during regular business hours, weather permitting.

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