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Also known as the binturong, the bearcat is agile like a cat in the canopy and less adept on ground, walking flat-footed like a bear. However, it is neither a bear nor a cat, but belongs to the civet and mongoose family. Spending most of its time in the trees, it slowly and skillfully walks along branches at night while foraging for fruit and small animals.

bearcat in a tree

Did You Know?

Why Have Whiskers?: Like many nocturnal mammals, the bearcat has whiskers (or vibrissae) to feel its way around or find food in the dark.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Arctitis binturong

South and Southeast Asia

Tropical and subtropical forest

2 to 3.2 ft


Zoo Location:
Night Hunters

Fruits, leaves, and small animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN-Vulnerable)