Binturongs are small mammals indigenous to Southeast
Other Names: Asian Bearcat, Bearcat, Palawan
Bearcat, Malay Civet Cat,
Binturongs in Foreign Languages:
Navajo: tsinlátahgi dlo´'iitsoh
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Species: There are 9 recognized species of binturong.
Size: A binturong's body measures 2-3 feet in
length, and has a tail with a similar length of 2-3
feet. Binturongs weigh between 30-60 lbs. Female binturongs
are approximately 20% larger than their male counterparts.
Habitat: Binturongs are found in Southeast
Asia in the tropical rainforest. Binturongs are currently
found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Behavior: Binturongs are primarily nocturnal
Description: Binturongs have long, shaggy black
or dark brown hair, long white whiskers around their
nose, and a long prehensile tail.
Diet: Binturongs primarily eat fruit, but will
also eat eggs, shoots, leaves, small invertebrates,
fish, and birds.
Communication: Binturongs are vocal and
make a series of sounds.
Did You Know?
Despite their nickname, Bearcat, Binturongs
are not bears or cats at all.
Gestation: Binturongs carry their young for
Birth: Binturongs usually have litters of 1-2
but can have as many as 6 kits in a litter. Binturongs
weigh approximately 5 ounces at birth.
Sexually Mature: Binturongs sexually mature
around the age of 3.
Life Span: Binturongs live up to 20 years
in the wild, and can exceed that in captivity.
Binturongs are vulnerable due to habitat loss
Did You Know?
Some people think binturongs smell
like buttered popcorn.