Animals You May Not Have Heard About: Binturong

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The Binturong or Bearcat is an omnivorous viverrid (commonly called civets) that is native to South and Southeast Asia. They have a long, heavy body with short, stout legs and thick black fur with a bushy, prehensile tail which they use to communicate.

Binturong-6Binturong are almost exclusively arboreal and are confined to tall forests. They are active both during the day and at night depending on the individual and their dietary preferences. Binturongs are normally shy but they can be aggressive if harassed.

DFByb8pWAAIDJeDBinturongs are classed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List as their population is in decline, mostly due to habitat loss.

The best place to view the Binturong in the wild is in the Danum Valley in Borneo.

binterong_02Strange Binturong fact: Binturongs are reported to smell like buttered popcorn due to scent glands located under its tail.

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