Binturong are sometimes called a bearcat but don’t let that name fool you; they are not related to bears or cats. In fact, the binturong is more closely related to civets and genets and are in the same family known as Viverridae. Binturong have coarse, shaggy fur, mainly black with a speckling of grey, particularly around their faces.
They are mainly nocturnal but can be active during the day or night. Binturong are arboreal animals, spending most of their time in trees. They are one of only two carnivores with a prehensile tail (the other is a kinkajou), which allows them to grasp tree branches using their tail for extra support while climbing and sleeping.
Female binturong are one of the few mammals with the ability to delay implantation after mating. It is called embryonic diapause and means that she can control the timing of her pregnancy to take place when environmental conditions are favourable. Binturong have a litter of 3-6 young, which will sta
Binturong were once considered common in their native range, but are now facing localised extinctions across several nations. They have suffered over 30% population loss in the past 20 years. Threats to the wild binturong population include pet trade, habitat loss and hunting for meat and traditional (belief-based) medicine practice.