Asian palm civets

Article: “Two Asian palm civets released into wild” (Page 9)

Context: The In a first-of-its-kind development in the State, two four-month-old Asian palm civets (locally called Johamal), hand raised by a wildlife loving couple of Kalaigaon in Udalguri district, were released in the Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary

About Asian palm civets:

  • The Asian palm civet also called common palm civet, toddy cat and musang, is a viverrid native to South and Southeast Asia.
  • Since 2008, it is IUCN Red Listed as Least Concern as it accommodates to a broad range of habitats.
  • It is widely distributed with large populations that in 2008 were thought unlikely to be declining
  • Its anal scent glands emit a nauseating secretion as a chemical defense when threatened or upset
  • The Asian palm civet is native to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei Darussalam, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Bawean, and Siberut.
  • It was introduced to Irian Jaya, the Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku, and Sulawesi