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G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

Himalayan Palm Civet (Paguma larvata)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

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Family: Viverridae

Genus: Paguma

Species: larvata

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Fun Facts:

Himalayan Palm Civet is also known as “Masked Palm Civet”..


The young open their eyes after about nine days.


They are very helpful to seed dispersal.


Fast Facts

Description: A larger Palm Civet of hill forests, the Himalayan Palm Civet is a dark brown to black civet with grayish- buff under parts.
Size: Male: 51 to76 cm     Female: 51 to 76 cm
Height: Male: 30 to 32 cm     Female: 30 to 32 cm
Weight: Male: 3.6 to 6 kg     Female: 3.6 to 6 kg
Diet: Fruits, invertebrates, reptiles and small mammals.
Sexual maturity: Male: 11 to 12 months     Female: 11 to 12 months
Estrous phase: 4 days
Gestation Period: 60 days
Young per birth: 2 to 5 young
Life span: In wild: 16 to 20 years     In captivity: 24 years
Habitat: Near montane forests and human habitation.
Distribution: India (Himalayan region), Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Current Population Status: Decreasing
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern