Procyonidae – Raccoons

These purported cousins of the bears family inhabit a wide range in the New World

Procyonids are small to medium-sized omnivores with rather large tails. In different languages, raccoons are called washing bears (as they wash their food before eating), nose bears, and honey bears; clearly, they’ve quite a bear-centric reputation. But in reality, they’re proven to be more closely associated with skunks than with bears. Red pandas were also once grouped here with them (some classifications still follow this trend).

Raccoons are omnivorous and can eat various consumables, making them fit for city life. Yes! Raccoons cohabitate in cities with humans and thrive alongside the city bustle. Only one species (the Cozumel raccoon) of this family faces an existential threat.