Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Viverridae
 Scientific Name : Arctictis binturong

                Colour : Black, Brown, Grey
           Skin Type : Fur
                Size(L) : 60cm - 96cm 
                                   (24in - 38in)
                Weight : 10kg - 14kg 
                                   (22lbs - 31lbs)

           Top Speed : 24km/h (15mph)
            Life Span : 10 - 25 Years
Most Distinctive 
               Feature : Long prehensile 
                                tail and sharp claws
             Fun Fact : Also Known as the 
                                Asian Bearcat!
  1. Binturongs are medium sized carnivores inhabiting the South-East Asian dense forests.
  2. They are also known as the Asian Bearcat and the Asian Civet.
  3. They belong to the same family as Civets, Genets, Mongooses and Fossa; and are its largest member.
  4. They are very closely related to Palm civets.
  5. There are around nine subspecies of Binturong differing in size and their geographic location.
  6. Binturongs are large, heavy animals where the females are bigger and heavier than males.
  7. They have long, coarse, shaggy fur and tufts of long dark straight hair protruding from the top of their ears.
  8. Distinctively, they have prehensile tip to their tails which acts as another limb for them helping them climb.
  9. They are solitary, nocturnal animals spending most of their times moving amongest the trees.
  10. They are excellent climbers, swimmers and are also known to dive well.
  11. They make a variety of sounds to communicate between themselves and to ward off their predators.
  12. The female Binturongs are the dominant adults.
  13. The females give birth to 1-3 small cubs after a 3-month gestation and nurse them for the first 2 months.
  14. Their average lifespan is 10-15 years in wild but are known to live longer in captivity.
  15. Though they are carnivores feeding on insects, birds, rodent and fish, their favorite food is fruits.
  16. Since they inhabit thick dense forests, they have very few predators in Tigers, snakes and birds of prey.
  17. They have scent glands under their tails and their scent smells like popcorn!.
  18. Interestingly, they are quite passive to human beings and have been domesticated as exotic pets.
  19. Human hunting and habitat loss through deforestation have made them a vulnerable species.

 

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