Imagine this – you’re walking home alone in the still midnight air. You hear a rustle in the tall grass of the forest and come face to face with a pair of beady eyes set on a mischievous raccoon-like face.
Common palm civets are considered to be nuisances and trapped by local homeowners as they are often caught foraging around residential areas located near forests for treats. Trapped civets are then handed over to the local authorities and sent Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which is the official Rescued Wildlife Centre in Singapore. These animals are housed in our Wildlife Healthcare And Research Centre (WHRC).
As palm civets are a native species to Singapore, most are released back into the wild after being given a clean bill of health by our in-house veterinarians.
At times, we receive baby palm civets, which have to be cared for by our staff for a period of time. They are released only when they are able to fend for themselves. Under such circumstances, our veterinarians and keepers double-up as baby palm civet nannies, hand-rearing the civets until they are deemed ready for release. Baby civets are painstakingly bottle-fed every few hours!
In 2010, we decided to adopt a few of the civets we normally receive as part of our kampong-themed Common Palm Civet exhibit along the Fishing Cat Trail at Night Safari. Drop by the exhibit to say hello and hear more about these shy nocturnal creatures from our very own volunteers on weekend nights!