Binturongs are the largest member of their family and inhabit dense tropical rainforests across much of southeast Asia. Their range includes India, Malaysia, Cambodia, parts of China, Thialand and the Philippines. They are also found, though less commonly, on several Indonesian islands, including Java and Sumatra. Binturongs are voracious omnivores, feeding on a variety of fruits, leaves, shoots, and small mamals.
The binturong is generally solitary, except during breeding and when a mother is raising her young. Though they appear to have no defined breeding season, most females give birth to two litters per year. Gestation lasts approximately 3 months, and between 1 and 6 are born at a time, though 2 is the average. At birth, the young weigh less than a pound and are helpless. Baby binturongs wean at 6 to 8 weeks of age and reach sexual maturity at around 2.5 years.
Binturongs are often considered keystone species within their ecosystems - in fact, they are the only known seed dispersers of the strangler fig, an important tree species in the rainforests they inhabit.
These arboreal mammels rely on their prehensile tails to help them move between trees in the rainforest.