On Sunday 2nd June 2019, Pauline, founder of the NGO, and Murielle, educational officer of the Bearcat Study Program in the Philippines, were invited at the Parc animalier des Pyrénées to present the binturong to visitors and promote the actions led by ABConservation to study and protect it.
As its name indicates, the Parc animalier des Pyrénées is located in the South-West of the France on the Pyrenean mountain range. Nestled on the mountainside and stretching over more than 14 hectares, it hosts a large number of local endemic species, living in wide enclosures. The park is also known to participate actively in captive breeding and reintroduction of several species native of the Pyrenean, such as the bearded vulture, Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, Aegypius vulture, and Iberian ibex (which have completely disappeared from the region in 1910). They also provide funding for conservation programs in favor of the return of the bear in the region, for example, or others protecting species in further areas, such as the Rio Mayo titi monkey, red panda and of course, the binturong.
The day was nice and sunny, and included the following activities: creation of food enrichment for Hawa (young female born in the Zoo of La Boissière du Doré, which arrived recently at the Parc Animalier des Pyrénées), presentation of the binturong to visitors, game to test the new knowledge of visitors on the binturong, and multiple talks about the actions of ABConservation in France and in the Philippines.
We would like to thank all the team of the Parc Animalier des Pyrénées, particularly its director Serge Mounard and his wife Sylvie, Théo Couty for all the organization of the day, as well as the animal keepers Lina, Claire, Benjamin and Antony.