Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
During one of my National Geographic Magazine assignments in South and Central America the goal was to make the first story about the little known Kinkajou. It resembles a small primate or bear but is actually related to the raccoon, and the kinkajou uses its slender five-inch (12,7 cm!!) extrudable tongue to obtain fruit, get honey from beehives, lick nectar from flowers not infrequently acting as a pollinator. This animal, the size of a house cat, is hard to catch sight of in its natural habitat. It lives its entire life high up in the canopy in the neotropical rain forests and just to make things easier for a photographer, it's only active at night... So, relatively few people have ever seen a kinkajou in the wild.
Go to @mattiasklumofficial to see me dangling in the dark...
Without being in any hurry about it, they move from branch to branch with strong, clawed paws and a long prehensile tail.
My camera assistant Lars-Magnus Ejdeholm and I knew that research, a good strategy and patience were essential if we were to get pictures that told of the secret life of the kinkajou. For eleven weeks we sat night after night high in the
treetops, 25 to 50 meters (80 to 150 feet) above the ground. We finally succeded! A charming, fascinating and cute animal! And relative to the size of this animal... what a tongue! Gene Simmons watch out! #kinkajou#panama#rainforest#canopy#nocturnal#conservation#protectbiodiversity @mattiasklumofficial @natgeo@thephotosociety@alexandrovklumofficial