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IS BINTURONG CIVET CAT GOOD FOR A PET?

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WHAT IS A BINTURONG?

WHICH COUNTRIES WILL YOU FIND BINTURONG?

Binturongs are found in South Asian countries as well some southeast Asian countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia.

HOW MANY BINTURONG CIVET CATS ARE LEFT IN THE WORLD?

The number of binturongs in the world is decreasing and that has put Binturong on the vulnerable list of animals on the IUCN red list of threatened species. However different countries have varying numbers therefore Binturongs are protected by law in some countries while other countries don’t have laws protecting Binturong. Also, there are binturongs kept as pets and captive animals in the zoo and this will add to the global number of binturongs.

 6 REASONS WHY THE BINTURONG POPULATION IS DECREASING?

  1.  Binturong meat is a delicacy in China and Vietnam as well as other countries and therefore serve as a protein source for human consumption
  2. wildlife Hunters hunt them for their meat
  3. in some countries like the Philippines, Binturongs are kept as a pet most likely because the populations there are higher than the other countries
  4. deforestation is destroying the rich habitat for binturong which prefers tall forest
  5. Urbanization is putting pressure on the rich habitat of binturong
  6. Agricultural activities are also encroaching on the habitat for binturong

ARE BINTURONGS CATS?

WHY DO BINTURONGS SMELL?

civet cats have glands that secret chemicals that help them to mark their territory. Binturongs also secrete these chemicals to help them mark their territory which helps them keep their territories away from other binturongs.

HOW DO BINTURONGS SMELL LIKE?

Binturongs smell like popcorn and that is because the chemical which makes popcorn smell the way it does is the same chemical secreted by binturongs for their territorial markings.

DO BINTURONGS HAVE A PREHENSILE TAIL?

Yes, binturongs have a tail with thick muscle around the base of the base which enables the binturong to hold onto branches with the tail. This is an adaptation that has enabled binturongs to survive on top of tall trees.

DO BINTURONGS SMELL LIKE POPCORN?

Yes, binturongs smell like popcorn. The anal gland of the binturong secret chemicals found in popcorns hence making them smell the same.

DO ALL CIVET CATS SMELL LIKE POPCORN?

Although a civet cat, different civet cats smell differently. All civet cats are associated with smell and that is why they are popular in the perfume industry. However, one would think of different civets to have different flavors of smell.

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Dr. Enoch Obeng is a Veterinary Surgeon certified by the Veterinary council of Ghana. He graduated from the school of veterinary Medicine, University of Ghana. He has passion for and love animals which led him into training to become a veterinary Surgeon. His patience, humility, dynamism and adaptability enable him to execute tasks under pressure and make difficult tasks appear simple. His experience in general practice brings him closer to nature and his animal patients. Enoch Obeng is entrepreneurial and has a number of businesses registered to his name