The life of the Binturong has remain secret for a long time. But their absence in our thoughts, our conversations and our media, has put their population at risk.
Hence, how can we encourage people to protect it? To learn more about it? To preserve its natural habitat? – Through World Binturong Day every May 9th, let’s together find a way to protect them!
What kind of animal is Binturong?
We’re glad to initiate the introduction of this mammals. The Binturong is closely related to civets and fossas! – these two other mammals may be strange to your ears, we hope it helps paint a general picture. They have a characteristically long and muscular tail, sharp claws and grizzly black fur that coats its entire body and tail. It weighs 10 – 14 kg and can grow up to almost 1 meter in length.
The Binturong has always been a reclusive species, living on trees inside southeast Asia’s dense rainforests. No wonder that they rarely make an appearance in your jungle trek across Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand and the surrounding countries. They are also vulnerable creatures as they can hardly win when fighting against poachers nor to escape deforestation.
Purpose of Binturong Day
From our experience, celebrating special days devoted to animals around the world can raising awareness about endangered species. It helped many species return from the brink of extinction.
If we never heard about Rhinos in Africa or Orangutans in Indonesia, we wouldn’t be so passionate about protecting them. Our local government wouldn’t do as much to respond to the problem if we do not voice our concerns. How can we solve a problem if we don’t know that it exists?
As for Binturong Day, it will help other people to aware about the existence of this mammals. You also can visit Bali Safari to see them up close, reminding that they hard to find in the wild.
For years, Bali Safari has put a great effort into wildlife conservation, particularly those species that are native to Indonesia. As for Binturong, we working alongside the government and other agencies to help reverse the decline of their population. If not us, who else can?