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Nov 16, 2010

Breeding of Binturong

Breeding of Binturong from Chessington World of Adventures

Binturong (Arctictis binturong) are a species of viverrid found in South and South East Asia

Historically, the Binturong was often thought to be abundant within its distribution range, but is now uncommon or rare over much of this range.

This species is listed as Vulnerable (IUCN red list) because of a population decline, estimated to be more than 30% over the last 30 years (three generations), inferred from over-exploitation, shrinkage of distribution, habitat destruction and degredation, hunting and wildlife trade.

With regards to captive breeding, binturong are an ESP species, so are therefore part of a managed breeding programme. In the UK, the last hand reared binturong was bred at Paignton Zoo in 1998. With the last hand reared individual being born over a decade ago, binturong breeding is still a in its infancy with much to learn about breeding and parenting practices.

Over the last few years Chessington has enjoyed progressive successes with the breeding of our binturong, following good husbandry, diet and housing. A first birth resulted in the successful hand rearing of a female. With the second birth our adult female showed much improved behaviour, allowing the parent rearing of a second young female.

Extra provisions were put in place following the first litter to maximize on the chances of parent rearing. Given the improvements our breeding female has shown over the last two years, we are optimistic she will fulfil her full potential by giving birth to future parent-reared litters.

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