pygmy raccoon

The pygmy raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus) is a species of raccoon endemic to the tiny island of Cozumel, off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan. Critically endangered, it has been reported that there are no more than 300 individuals left in existence. Around half of the food they eat are crabs. Because of this, they live near water. As tourism grows on the coasts of Cozumel, the raccoons are driven out, giving them smaller and smaller portions of an already limited range. Cozumel also supports it’s cousin, the dwarf coati (Nasua nelsoni) and the dwarf gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargentus) giving it a unique abundance in island mammalian predators, and an increase in competition for the struggling raccoons.