Tayras are members of the weasel family, known as Mustelidae. Mustelids are a very diverse group that make up the largest family in the order carnivora.
They are solitary animals that likes to use both tree and ground habitats. They live in hollow trees, burrows or terrestrial nests made of grasses.
They are both ground dwelling and tree dwelling and their long tail helps them to balance when moving from tree to tree. They have strong arched claws which are adapted for climbing trees.
Tayras are mainly diurnal, being active during the day, but they will also have bursts of activity at dusk and dawn.
They are a powerful and energetic predator with a strong sense of smell that allows them to seek out prey.