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The Making of a Diorama

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Recreating Nature Indoors

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Natural History Family of Museums

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Exposition Park)

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Mid-Wilshire)
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Raccoon

Procyon lotor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Raccoon diorama in the North American Mammal Hall

Scene:

 East Fork San Gabriel River, California

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Raccoons have a highly developed sense of touch. Their human-like forepaws are especially sensitive and enable the raccoon to handle and pry open prey and climb with ease. They usually pick up food with their front paws, and sometimes wash it, before putting it in their mouth. Raccoons are mainly nocturnal and have excellent night vision. They have excellent hearing and are always alert.


Biological Information

Range map for the raccoon

Range:

Southern Canada south to northern South America

Habitat:

Prefer moist woodland areas but highly adaptable

Status:

Widespread in continental North America but island populations endangered

Diet:

Crayfish, insects, rodents, frogs, fish, and bird eggs

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for racoon.