Happy World Binturong Day from the Animal Park!!
A binturong (Arctictis binturong) is one of our more unique animal residents found here at the Animal Park. This keystone species plays a vital role in sustaining the ecosystem throughout Southeast Asian rainforests.
Binturongs are viverridae, which is a family under the ‘mammal’ classification. Other species found in this family are genets and civets.
Commonly referred to as a “bearcat“, binturongs have characteristics that are similar to both bears and cats! They have flat 5-toed paws with claws that are not retractable. Their ankles are able to rotate 180° which gives them the ability to climb up and down trees head first!
Their appearance is quite unique as they have very long but stout bodies with their tails equal to their body length. Speaking of
their tails, they are very thick and muscular at the base and the last 1/3 is prehensile. Prehensile tails belong to animals that have adapted to being able to hold or grasp. Binturongs are unable to hold their weight with their tails but use them as a balancing tool. This works out perfect for them as they are arboreal, so their tails assist them as they climb and move through the trees of the rainforests.
These animals are classified as omnivorous, which means that they have the ability to eat both plants and meat.
The binturongs at the Animal Park especially enjoy treats of bananas!
The Animal Park is home to two male binturongs, Sash and Jerry. Both of these binturongs can be found across from each other in our Animal Park. Sash enjoys laying high on his platform and taking naps in the warm sun, where Jerry generally spends his time wrapped tightly in his warmed building habitat. Both of these binturongs enjoy visitors and various forms of scent and treat enrichment. Visit our JustGiving campaign to donate towards the care of Sash and Jerry and to help the Animal Park fulfill our mission!
It’s a Summer Call to Action Fundraiser for every IUCN-listed vulnerable and endangered resident of the Animal Park! We are seeking donations of construction and landscaping tools and materials, landscaping features, and shade cloth to help keep our residents cool and comfortable this summer.