Animal of the Month : October 2019
An unusual looking animal, the Binturong or ‘Bear-Cat’ comes from the tall forests of South and Southeast Asia. The scientific name Arctictis literally translates to Bear Weasel, although they are more closely related to civets and genets. These are large animals, with an overall length of over 5 foot and can weigh over 20 kilos. Known as omnivores, they will eat fruits, eggs and any small mammal, bird or fish they can catch. Perhaps one of the most unusual characteristics of these animals is their smell. They have a scent gland that produces an aroma very similar to buttered popcorn!
Our pair are Himala and Dobbie. Dobbie came to us from Madrid and is a very outgoing character. He can often be seen swinging upside down in the outside enclosure. Himala came from a zoo in France and is usually of a quieter nature, unless she is hungry. The pair were introduced last year.