Arctictis binturong niasensis
English : Nias binturong, North Sumatran binturong
French : Binturong de Nias
Class : Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Family : Viverridae
Notes : 8 other subspecies known. This subspecies’ range needs clarification as Nias population seems distinct from North Sumatran.
Adults can reach a body length of 96 cm, tail length of 84 cm and weight of 20 kg. Unmistakable species with its long bushy black fur, bushy tail, short limbs and clearer head. This subspecies has golden hair-tips and silvery face.
Range and habitat
This subspecies is endemic to north Sumatra and Nias island but its range needs to be clarified. Species found from India to south China, south to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Palawan. Lives in primary and secondary forests, up to 2500 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : VULNERABLE
CITES : Appendix III
Status : The species is threatened by habitat loss throughout its range. Hunting, poaching and capturing for pet trade are also problems locally.
Ex-Situ Programs : SSP in America, EEP in Europe