Perth Zoo welcomes birth of Binturong cubs


Perth Zoo’s rare Binturong family.
Perth Zoo’s rare Binturong family.

PERTH Zoo has celebrated a historical moment with the birth of two Binturong cubs.

Binturong, also known as Asian bearcats, are vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction and poaching for use in traditional medicines.

The young male and female cubs were born two months ago to mother Selasa and father Rabu, who arrived from Singapore Zoological Gardens in 2016 to establish a Perth Zoo Binturong family.

Perth Zoo keeper Marty Boland said it was exciting to welcome the rare cubs less than 12 months after their parents arrived in Australia.

“Binturongs are capable of delaying their pregnancy after mating until they feel the environmental conditions are favourable, so it’s great to see that Selasa is feeling secure and content,” she said.

“She is a first time mum, but has been lovingly tending to her offspring in the nest box and also allowing us to photograph the cubs’ progression.”

Both cubs have recently started venturing out of their nest box and exploring their exhibit.

Visitors who are unsure of where to catch a glimpse of them may smell them first as they are famous for their strong odour, which is often likened to popcorn.

Binturongs are found throughout Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and on Palawan Island.

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