The San Diego Zoo first exhibited binturongs in 1929 and successfully bred them as early as 1932.
Today, both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park have binturongs trained as animal ambassadors. They meet guests up close and make appearances on television stations. We hope you'll look for our binturongs on your next visit to the Zoo or the Safari Park to see for yourself what wonderful creatures they are!
Binturongs are listed as vulnerable in some parts of their range and endangered in others. Nowhere in the wild are they common, though, and they are currently at risk due to habitat destruction and poaching for traditional Asian medicines and the fur and pet trade. They are also considered to be a delicacy in some areas and are hunted for food.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has established a Species Survival Program for binturongs, of which San Diego Zoo Global is a part.
You can help us bring species back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.