The Greensboro Science Middle in Greensboro, N.C., introduced the delivery of two binturongs. The bintlets have been born on 5 Could 2023, to Susan (feminine) and Mee-Noi (male), a pair really useful for breeding by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan® program. These are the primary bintlet births on the Middle.

The bintlets are being hand-reared behind the scenes by the animal care workforce and aren’t at the moment seen to friends. The workforce will hold the general public up to date on their progress through social media.

“Traditionally, binturong births haven’t been that frequent all through AZA amenities and the inhabitants has been on a downward development during the last 20 years,” mentioned Jessica Hoffman, vice chairman of animal care and welfare. “Just a few pairs continued to achieve success, in order that makes this new pairing of Susan and Mee-noi particularly thrilling for us. This delivery now marks the fifth one within the final 12 months all through AZA, serving to to strengthen the sustainability of this much-loved species.”

Binturongs, often known as bearcats, are neither bear nor cat, however are within the household Viverridae, like civets and fossas. They’re considered one of two carnivorous species with a prehensile tail. Whereas thought of carnivores, their food regimen consists principally of fruits and berries. Binturongs are native to the rainforests of South and Southeast Asia and in response to the IUCN Pink Checklist they’re susceptible.

“The intent of Revolution Ridge has at all times been to spark a revolution in new considering and consciousness concerning the eroding freedoms of life within the wild,” mentioned Glenn Dobrogosz, chief government officer on the Middle. “Identical to human beings, all wild creatures wish to stay their lives as nature meant. AZA-accredited establishments just like the Greensboro Science Middle supply most of the people an academic window into the science of contemporary conservation. Profitable breeding packages for uncommon animals have now turn out to be important.”

Photographs Credit score: © Greensboro Science Middle

Edited by Jessica Sansarran, the communications coordinator at AZA. 

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