Binturong in the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

I enjoy visiting zoos and take every opportunity to visit the Adelaide Zoo where I am a member. I usually take a great interest in the birds on display so I can show my photos of them on my birding blog (click  here).

I don’t only have eyes for the birds. I enjoy looking at and photographing the animals too. On a recent visit earlier this year to the Adelaide Zoo I saw a Binturong for the very first time. I don’t think I’ve seen one before, and I can’t recall even reading about this carnivorous animal from SE Asia. Because it is also nocturnal, it could be that it has been asleep on every other visit.

Whatever the reason, this one was out in full view in the late afternoon. I took the opportunity to get some good shots, including the information board in front of the enclosure (click on the image to enlarge).

To read more about this vulnerable animal click here.

You can also read more about zoos from around the world on my son’s site called Zoo Chat (click here). This site covers nearly 1000 zoos and includes over 100,000 photos of animals.

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

Binturong at the Adelaide Zoo

 

2 Responses to “Binturong in the Adelaide Zoo”

  1. Allen Nyhuis says:

    Binturongs are fun animals to see. They are often called “bear cats” and they smell a lot like buttered popcorn. They are pretty rare in American zoos.

    Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America’s Best Zoos

  2. Ken Rolph says:

    There has been a binturong at Taronga for years. Don’t know if it is still there. It was always active whenever I went to see it during the day. It was one of my favourite animals. It is a kind of corrective to the view that the animals we encounter in life and in media are all that there is. I don’t recall a binturong ever starring in any film, TV show, book or song.

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