The young male and female cubs were born 6 September, 2017, to mother, ‘Selasa’ and father, ‘Rabu’ who arrived from Singapore Zoological Gardens in 2016 to establish a Perth Zoo Binturong family.
Perth Zoo Keeper, Marty Boland, said: “It’s very exciting to welcome two rare Binturong cubs, less than 12 months after their parent’s arrival in Australia.”
“Binturongs are capable of delaying their pregnancy after mating until they feel the environmental conditions are favourable. So it’s great to see that Selasa is feeling secure and content here in WA!”
“She is a first time Mum, but has been lovingly tending to her offspring in the nest box and also allowing us to photograph the cubs’ progression. She’s even trusted us to handle her cubs to quickly weigh them.”
“They tip the scales just over one kilogram, a good weight for Binturong infants,” said Marty.
The new arrivals have recently opened their eyes and are beginning to take in the world around them. Zoo Keepers expect they will start exploring their exhibit in coming weeks and become more visible to the public.
“Visitors who are unsure of where to catch a glimpse of the Binturong family may smell them first. They are famous for their strong odour which is often likened to popcorn,” said Marty.
Binturong, also known as Asian bear-cats are found throughout Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and on Palawan Island. They are vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction and poaching for use in traditional medicines.
Those wanting to help save Binturong from extinction are encourage to adopt one of the cubs. Zoo adoption packages ensure more funds are poured into giving wildlife a chance of survival. More information can be found at: www.perthzoo.com.au