We were greeted last weekend at the zoo du Reynou located 15 minutes from Limoges. Nestled in the heart of a wooded area of 45 hectares, the zoo is home to over 130 animal species, including Kwai, a beautiful male binturong of 5 years old who which arrived in 2013 and Jun, a small female of 15 months old which arrived there a few weeks ago.
The day before our awareness day, we were invited to give a conference to the zoo staff. We were able to present the association and current and future projects, with our camera trapping and radio tracking project in Palawan.
The next day we met Alice and Mary, two young students on a training course in the zoo, with whom we had in advance prepared some activities for the big day.
Throughout the day, we met very relaxed visitors, listening, and especially receptive to the many threats becoming more and more of a burden on the binturong. Several meetings have led to great discussions in order to change the world.
The day was also very lively on the side of our newly formed binturong couple (Kwai and Jun having met each other just the previous week): at the time, each one was trying to impress the other which gives gave life to real domestic scenes. In short, for now, they prefer to sleep separately. We hope that they will learn to appreciate each other, and that next year we will have the opportunity to observe small binturongs.
This day was a great success, for the meetings and exchanges with the visitors as much as with the team of the zoo.
We would especially like to thank all the healers of the zoo, along with Aude for her enthusiasm and for organizing the day, Franck and Mr. Nicolas Lefrère for the installation of our equipment, and a special thank you to Bernadette Lefrère for her welcome, help and kindness.
Thank you to the team