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Binturong

CONSERVATION STATUS : VULNERABLE
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Carnivora
Genus & Species: Arctictis binturong
Family: Viverridae

Status:

Listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Asia: Northeastern India, Indochina, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka, the Rhio Archipelago Java, Borneo, and Palawan

Habitat:

Rainforest canopy.

Behavior:

Nocturnal, although some diurnal and crepuscular activity has been reported.

Size:

Average length is 24-38 inches and average weight is between 20 and 31 pounds.

Diet:

Omnivorous. Binturong eat mostly fruit, but will also eat small invertebrates, rodents, birds, fish, eggs, leaves, shoots, and carrion.

Description:

About the size of a small dog, these arboreal mammals have a cat like face, a bear like body, and a long prehensile tail. They are dull black or brown in color, with thick coarse fur, and stiff white whiskers. Their ears are small and rounded and their eyes are small.

Reproduction:

Offspring: Usually 1 or 2, but up to 6.

Gestation: 84 to 92 days.

Parental Care: Babies only weigh about 5 ounces and are born with their eyes sealed. For their first few days they remain hidden in their mother’s thick fur. After 6 to 8 weeks they begin to eat solid food.

Ecology, Adaptations, Etc:

Binturongs spend much of their time in trees, where they use their prehensile tails and sharp claws to climb and leap from branch to branch. Binturongs can turn their ankles backward, so that their claws can still grip when climbing down a tree headfirst. Their prehensile tails are used like an extra hand when climbing around in the treetops.