Lifespan: 14-22 years
Size: Body length - 61-96cms; Tail length -56-89cms
Weight: 20 kgs
Popcorn Scent: They smell like popcorn! This scent comes from a scent gland under their tails. They will produce this scent to attract mates and to warn off other binturongs. Both the males and females secrete this scent. They use their hind feet to rub the scent on their legs and have glands on all 4 paws.
Climbing: The binturong’s tail is as long as its body, and extremely strong. They can lay across branches with all four feet dangling over the sides and balance.
Communication: Binturongs also make lots of noises to communicate, from a happy ‘chuckling’ to a wail, a snort, a grunt and a howl.
Largest Civet: Despite often being called a ‘bear cat’, it is neither! Rather, binturongs are related to other civets and are the largest civet in the world. They are related to meerkats.