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Palm Civet

Palm civets are members of the viverrid family - a group which includes the civets, genets, linsangs and binturong. They are all found in South and Southeast Asia.

About palm civets

Common NameCommon Palm Civet
Scientifi NameParadoxurus hermaphroditus
Native toSouth and Southeast Asia, from India and China to Indonesia
Natural HabitatForests
DietOmnivorous, eating a combination of fruit, sap, other plant matter, invertebrates and other small animals
Life ExpectancyUp to 20 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (3.1)

About our palm civet

We have one female palm civet, and she is an ex-pet. Palm civets are very difficult to care for, and she joined us when she was 18 months old.

How we care for our palm civet

Our palm civet is housed in a large enclosure in our nocturnal zone.

Her exhibit is kept on a reverse light cycle, with red lighting and a few white light 'moonlight' spot lights during the day, and full lighting overnight.

Her enclosure has artificial rockwork to create a complex and varied environment.

Our palm civet is fed a variety of fruits, vegetables, honey, gum, invertebrates and meat.

How you can help palm civets

Palm civets, although not listed as endangered, face several threats in the wild. They are hunted for bush meat and the pet trade, and their forest home is under threat in much of their range. They are also often kept in very small cages and fed only coffee beans to produce civet poo coffee, which is considered a delicacy.

You can help civets by:

  • do not buy civet poo coffee
  • take action to protect Southeast Asian forest habitats - by supporting conservation charities and avoiding palm oil products
  • don't get a civet as a pet