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Binturong

Binturongs are also called bearcats, but that name is rather misleading since these animals are not related to bears OR cats. Instead, they are related to civets and fossas but look more like gigantic dust mops and smell like a freshly made batch of popcorn!
Their long ear tufts and reddish-brown eyes give them an endearing appearance but one that isn’t seen very often in the wild by humans.
Binturongs are primarily nocturnal and move slowly through their home in the trees to look for fruit.

Binturong

Fun Facts

  • The binturong is the only Old World mammal and one of only two carnivores with a prehensile tail (the other is the kinkajou).
  • Binturongs can swim fairly well and have good vision day or night, and so can be active at any hour they choose.
Binturong

About Johnson & Bee

Johnson was born in 2016 at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. He arrived at the zoo in 2018 and he is the first individual of this species to ever been housed at CPZ. Bee was born in 2012 and arrived shortly after Johnson. Binturongs vocalize quite a bit and these two are no exception. Sometimes, you may hear them from the other side of the zoo as they usually "argue" over a favorite food item or a favorite napping spot. This vocalization is normal though and these two get along well otherwise.

Conservation Status:
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