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Scientific name:
Arctictis binturong

Conservation Status:
At Risk

Where to see them in the zoo:
Complex Carnivores

Fun Facts:

Binturongs are also known as bearcats, although they are not members of the bear family.

The species performs an important function in its ecosystem; binturong droppings help to disperse seeds in the rainforest.

Binturongs are said to smell like buttered popcorn or corn chips!

 

 Binturong

Size: 
Adult length is 25 to 38 inches; weight averages 36 to 45 pounds. 
 
Range: 
Southeast Asia
 
Lifestyle:
Binturongs are generally solitary but may be found in small groups. They are nocturnal, resting in trees during the day, and feature prehensile tails well-adapted for an arboreal lifestyle. The animals use scent glands to mark territories and communicate availability to potential mates.
 
Diet:
Binturongs are omnivores, with a varied diet that includes fruit, leaves, eggs, small mammals and insects.
 
Lifecycle:
Females give birth to litters of up to three cubs; lifespan averages 25 years.
 
Neighbors in the wild:
Malayan tapir, clouded leopard, king cobra
 
Population status and threats:
Binturongs are classified as At Risk; threats include habitat destruction and overharvesting for food and traditional medicines.