Binturong

Our Binturong, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Binturong (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Binturong Facts
Binturong
Arctictis binturong

Type
Mammal

Life Span
20 years

Size
2-3 feet body
2-3 feet tail

Average Weight
30-60 lbs

Group Name

Group Size
Mostly solitary

Name of Young

Our Binturong, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Binturongs are sometimes called bearcats because of their cat-like faces and heavy, shaggy haired body. However, they are in the Viverrid family and are more closely related to fossas and civets.
  • Binturongs are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. They can use their prehensile tail like an extra hand to grip branches while climbing. Young binturongs can hang from their tails.
  • Female binturongs may experience “delayed implantation.” This means they can time when they give birth. This allows binturongs to have their young when environmental conditions are most favorable.
  • Binturongs are important to their ecosystem. They are omnivorous, but fruit makes up a large portion of their diet. Their droppings contain seeds of the fruit they eat, so they help spread the seeds around the forest.

Did You Know?

Binturongs are known for their rather distinctive odor. Many think that they smell strongly of buttered popcorn. They have scent glands under their tails. When they drag their tails, they leave behind their scent to mark their territory.