ARKive :: Binturong (Arctictis binturong)


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– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Viverridae
  • Genus: Arctictis
  • Species: A. binturong

The binturong, or bearcat, is a civet found in parts of India, Asia and the Philippines. Aside from the kinkajou, it is the only carnivore with a prehensile tail. They are arboreal, sticking mostly to dense tropical forests. Binturongs are omnivorous, eating insects, small mammals, fruit and vegetation. They are more meticulous in maneuvering through the treetops than other arboreal mammals and use their tail as a means of steadying themselves as they place their feet.

Binturongs (listed as vulnerable) are threatened by habitat loss and trapping to be sold as pets and for meat/fur. The protection level for this species varies depending on the region.


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