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Binturong

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Binturong

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Lives in the forests of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and southern and south-eastern Asia.

BEHAVIOUR

Leads an arboreal lifestyle. Binturong is so heavy that it climb down to the ground to move from tree to tree or searching for food. They play an important role
in the rainforest ecosystem as seed dispersers. The seeds of the fruit it feeds on are redistributed with the droppings.

DIET

Omnivorous, fruit makes up a significant part of its diet. Binturong hunts small animals, sometimes eats carrion.

REPRODUCTION

Gestation is 84 to 92 days. Binturongs can have two litters per year, usually with only one or two offspring in each litter. Offspring are born blind and dependent
on their mothers. At 2 months old, the young begin to eat solid food. They remain with their parents until they are a year old, when they are fully grown.

GOOD TO KNOW

While scratching BC trees, the wildcat not only sharpens its claws, it also leaves a fragrance – the secretion of glands from the fingertips.

  • Latin name: Arctictis binturong
  • IUCN –Red List – VU – vulnerable/ narażony
  • CITES – Appendix III
  • EEP – European Endangered Species Programme