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The Falanouc is a small carnivore that lives within the lowland rainforests in the centre and northwest of Madagascar. They tend to live in elevations from about 50 to 1600 m.
Falanoucs teeth are adapted to a soft-bodied invertebrate diet. Their diet mainly consists of earthworms, chameleons, frogs, insects and slugs. In captivity, small peices of meat will be introduced to their diet which they happily consume. The long claws of the falanouc are used for scraping items of food from rotten wood or shallow soil, prey is then immobilized with the teeth and jaws.
Falanoucs are near threatened in the wild, there are fewer than 20 recent locality-based records of Falanoucs in total, and total adult population estimates are impossible to make.
Habitat: Lowland Rainforest
Food: Insects, slugs, earthworms, chameleons, frogs and small meat in captivity.
Life Span: Unknown
Status: Near Threatened
Breeding: 1 - 2 newborns
The Binturong is the largest member of the civet family in Asia. Binturongs are nocturnal animals, and spend most of their time up in the trees. Although they are good climbers, they move slowly and carefully through the branches, and have never been observed to make leaps. They are the only carnivores, along with the Kinkajou of South America, to have prehensile tails, which they use when climbing.
Binturongs are also capable swimmers, and sometimes dive and hunt for fish. They are easy to domesticate and make affectionate pets. However, suprisingly little is known about these animals in the wild. They can be active both night and day, and although they are usually solitary, one or two adults are sometimes seen together with young. Captive animals make a wide variety of calls. Like so many species, Binturongs are declining because of habitat destruction
Habitat: Thick forests
Food: Fish, birds, carrion, fruit, leaves and shoots
Life Span: 25 Years
Breeding: 2 litters of 1 - 6 young per year