The Greensboro Science Heart 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 helpful for breeding by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan® program. These are the primary bintlet births on the Heart.
The bintlets are being hand-reared behind the scenes by the animal care group and are usually not at the moment seen to visitors. The group will preserve 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 pattern during the last 20 years,” mentioned Jessica Hoffman, vp 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 yr 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 one in every of two carnivorous species with a prehensile tail. Whereas thought-about carnivores, their weight loss plan consists largely of fruits and berries. Binturongs are native to the rainforests of South and Southeast Asia and based on the IUCN Pink Record they’re weak.
“The intent of Revolution Ridge has all the time been to spark a revolution in new pondering and consciousness concerning the eroding freedoms of life within the wild,” mentioned Glenn Dobrogosz, chief government officer on the Heart. “Identical to human beings, all wild creatures wish to reside their lives as nature meant. AZA-accredited establishments just like the Greensboro Science Heart provide most of the people an academic window into the science of contemporary conservation. Profitable breeding packages for uncommon animals have now change into important.”
Photographs Credit score: © Greensboro Science Heart
Edited by Jessica Sansarran, the communications coordinator at AZA.
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