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Favorite Images of Binturongs

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A list of my favorite images of binturongs.


The binturong (Arctictis binturong), also known as bearcat, is a viverrid native to South and Southeast Asia.

Although called 'bearcat', this omnivorous mammal is neither related to bears nor cats but to the palm civets of Asia.

It is a monotypic genus. Its genus name Arctictis means ‘bear-weasel’, from Greek arkt ‘bear’ and iktis ‘weasel’.

The body of the binturong is long and heavy with short, stout legs. It has a thick fur of strong black hair.

The bushy and prehensile tail is thick at the root, gradually diminishing in size to the extremity, where it curls inwards. The muzzle is short and pointed, somewhat turned up at the nose, and is covered with bristly hairs, brown at the points, which lengthen as they diverge, and form a peculiar radiated circle round the face.

The eyes are large, black and prominent. The ears are short, rounded, edged with white and terminated by tufts of black hair. There are six short rounded incisors in each jaw, two canines, which are long and sharp, and six molars on each side.

The hair on the legs is short and of a yellowish tinge. The feet are five-toed with large strong claws; the soles are bare, and applied to the ground throughout the whole of their length; the hind ones are longer than the fore.

Binturongs, despite being carnivorous animals, eat fruits as a primary diet. They go about hunting for prey in their natural habitat, often consisting of small rodents, birds and insects.

Binturongs occur from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Yunnan in China, and from Sumatra, Kalimantan and Java in Indonesia to Palawan in the Philippines.

It is uncommon in much of its range and has been assessed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because of a declining population trend that is estimated at more than 30% over the last three decades.

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