Asian Palm Civet
Rainforests and shrublands across Indonesia and Malaysia to the Philippines, Thailand, South China, India, and even Bhutan
I like the nightlife, baby! I’m a nocturnal mammal with a mean coffee bean habit and a love of tree-climbing.
I love the rainforest and the rainforest loves me. My ideal night? Long walks in the moonlight, by myself, finding beans so I can eat them, poop them out, and then apparently…so humans can drink it. This process creates kopi luwak, or “civet coffee”, and I’m often illegally traded and poached to make more of it.
When I eat my fruits, I play a vital role in the ecosystem of the rainforest, as I disperse seeds around the forest floor.
Fast Facts: Did you know?
That some people call me “toddy cat” because they think I like to sip on fermented palm flower sap (a.k.a. palm wine) and get a bit, well, toddy?
That China culled thousands of our species back in 2004 because it was believed we were the culprits for the SARS pandemic. Turns out it wasn’t us but the bats, and humans most likely gave us SARS, so…thanks for that?
That I’m a little coffee addict: raw coffee fruits are one of my favorite treats! And apparently the coffee made of the beans we poop is so delish that humans are increasingly putting us in cages to harvest “civet coffee”. Not cool.
The rainforests of the Amazon, Congo, and Indonesia are our last best line of defense against the climate crisis. But 17 corporations are making massive profits by driving their destruction and the violation of human rights. That has to end NOW.
Why I want to Keep Forests Standing
Forests are my home. I spend my life dispersing seeds to keep them standing, and they are threatened by humans tearing them down. My life, and forests, over “civet coffee”, Palm Civets, and people over profit.