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!



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Adult length is 25 to 38 inches; weight averages 36 to 45 pounds. 
Southeast Asia
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.
Binturongs are omnivores, with a varied diet that includes fruit, leaves, eggs, small mammals and insects.
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.