Otter Civet

Cynogale bennettii

Of the four civet species found in Borneo, the otter civet is the rarest and shyest of them all. Being fully nocturnal, they are rarely seen, and spend their nights in the lowland swamp forests and dipterocarp forests searching for frogs and other aquatic prey.

Due to their elusive nature, not much is known about them and as such it is not entirely clear why their populations have fallen by 50%. As with many Bornean species, likely causes for their decline are habitat loss and increased competition with other species as a result.



Camera trap picture by the Rhino and Forest Fund in our project area

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