Tuesday, January 25, 2011
ABC Wednesday: B is for Binturong
Binturongs (Arctictis binturong) are also called bearcats, but they are neither bears nor cats. They are related to civets and genets, sharing the family of the Viverridae with them. It's unknown what the word Binturong means because the language it's from is no longer spoken.
The pose in the photo is pretty typical for a binturong during the day and they don't move all that much during the night when they are most active.
They can climb very well using their tails and claws and they are able to rotate their hindlegs so that they can hold on even when they climb down a tree head first. Binturongs mainly feed on fruit, but will also take small rodents, birds, eggs and leaves.
Native to South East Asian rainforest, the binturong's habitat is threatened by deforestation. The animal itself is sometimes hunted for food. They live in groups or as single animals and give birth to 1-6 babies twice a year. It is believed that the females can delay pregnancies so that they give birth when the conditions are best for raising the litter.
The Binturong is the last entry in my animal ABC (I started with C is for Chulengo)! I'll try to do a Hamburg ABC next, although I'm not sure if I can find all the letters.
See what else B stands for with ABC Wednesday.
All photos were taken at Burgers' Zoo.