Binturong

[A. binturong]

Also known as a "bearcat", the binturong has a long heavy body with short stout legs. A prehensile tail makes it ready for tree climbing. The body and tail are nearly the same size, with the head and body measuring 28-33 inches, and the tail measuring 26- 27 inches long. They are a very nimble animals and active during both the day and night. They are generally believed to be shy though can become aggressive if harassed. A key trait of the binturong is that it gives off an unusual smell quite like popcorn or corn chips.

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Range
South and Southeast Asia; India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Yunnan in China, and from Sumatra, Kalimantan and Java in Indonesia to Palawan in the Philippines.
Habitat
Foothills and hills with good tree cover. Tree forests, Hill forests, and Evergreen forests.
Conservation Status
Vulnerable
Primary Threats
Habitat loss and Forest Degradation. Human-Wildlife Conflict.
Gestation
84- 99 days
Litter
1-6 young possible. Average of 2 young per birth.
Behavior
Binturongs are active in the early morning and late evenings, with long periods of inactivity throughout the middle day. They use their tails to communicate, and sometimes make low grunts or a hissing sound if they are on the prowl. They exhibit many comfort behaviors like grooming their fur and shaking and licking their hair.
Reproduction
Average maturation is 30 months for females and 27 months for males. The estrous cycle lasts between 18-187 days with an average of 82 days.
Wild Diet
Omnivorous. They eat small mammals, birds, fish, earthworms, insects, and rodents. But a large portion of their diet is vegetable matter and fruits like figs, and plantains.
Zoo Diet


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