The binturong or bear cat is not a bear
or a cat, despite its name. The binturong is a type of large
civet. Binturongs are native to Southeast Asia. Binturongs are
nocturnal and are often seen in the zoos to sleep on branches.
Binturongs are about the size of a large house cat. Most
binturongs have long, fluffy tail with small, rounded ears. The
binturong is an endangered species in the wild. Below is a
video showing a binturong at a zoo.
Other names for the Binturong
Other names for the Binturong include Asian
bear cat, Malay civet cat, Palawan bear cat, or bearcat.
Binturongs are found in Southeast Asia,
Malaysia, Indonesia and on Palawan Island.
Are the binturong endangered?
The binturong is endangered in the wild in
many areas. In Southeast Asia, in particular, the decline of
the binturong population is evident. The binturong is now an
endangered species due to habitat destruction and poaching for
use in medicine and as food. In Asia, people have been hunting
the binturongs for food and many binturongs are sold in
Binturong for sale and binturong
There are a number of binturong breeders and
some binturongs for sale. However, since the binturong is on
the endangered species list, it is illegal to keep the
binturong as pet in most places. Binturongs have been popular
as house pets which is contributes to the decline of the
binturong population, making binturongs endangered.