The Greensboro Science Center in Greensboro, NC, has announced the birth of two binturongs. The Bintlets have been born on Might five, 2023 to Susan (female) and Mee-Noi (male), a couple suggested by the Zoo Survival Strategy Plan and Breeding Aquarium Species. These are the initial bintlet births at the Center.

The animals are hand-raised by the animal care group behind the scenes and are presently not visible to guests. The group will retain the public informed of its progress via social media.

“Historically, binturong births have not been as prevalent at all AZA facilities and the population has been on a downward trend for the previous 20 years,” mentioned Jessica Hoffman, vice president of animal care and welfare. “Only a couple of couples have gone on to be profitable, so this new pairing of Susan and Mee-noi is in particular fascinating for us.” This birth is now the fifth in the final year across the AZA, assisting to strengthen the sustainability of this substantially-loved species.

Binturongs, also identified as bear cats, are neither bears nor cats, but are in the Viverridae household, like civets and fossas. They are 1 of two kinds of carnivores with a prehensile tail. Though they are thought of carnivores, their diet regime primarily consists of fruits and berries. Binturons are native to the rainforests of South and Southeast Asia and according to the IUCN Red List they are vulnerable.

“Revolution Ridge’s intent has often been to spark a revolution in new considering and awareness about the encroachment of wilderness liberties,” mentioned Glenn Dobrogosz, the Center’s Chief Executive Officer. “Just like human beings, all wild creatures want to reside their lives as nature intended. AZA-accredited institutions, such as the Greensboro Science Center, offer you the basic public an educational window into contemporary conservation science. Effective breeding applications for uncommon animals have now turn into crucial.”

Pictures: © Greensboro Science Center

Edited by Jessica Sansaran, AZA Communications Coordinator.

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