From 9th to 21th of May, ABConservation participated in the Fête de la Nature in the Jardin des Plantes of Paris, organised by the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. The theme of this year: the super powers of the nature!
The organisations present during this event were selected on the coherence between the future pedagogical contents of their stand and the theme of the year. And with great pride we have been selected to participate in the Fête de la Nature 2017.
Considering that the binturong is an amazing animal, we selected two of its many super powers: the capacity of the bearcat for climbing in trees and its role in the seed dissemination.
After explaining where the bearcat lives, we talked about its particularities and, in particular, its prehensile tail and its ability to move from one tree to another. Visitors were invited to walk on a slackline and to compare their balance with the balance of the bearcat. In fact, the bearcat can play with its tail for offset its weigh, and it can cling to branches with its prehensile tail for avoiding the fall. In infancy, the young bearcats can move on branches: for the Human beings, this ability is unnatural and we have to train ourselves to succeed with this exercise, but without ever reaching the level of our arboreal friend.
After this exercise of balance, we invited visitors to follow us in the next workshop concerning the second role of the bearcat.
One of the principal role of the binturong is its part in the dissemination of seeds and this role is the most important. Unlike some mammals (like the monkey) which eat the pulp of fruits and let the seeds, the bearcat swallows the totality of the fruit (pulp and seed). Inside the digestive system of the bearcat, the seed loses its external envelop facilitating its germination.
Thus, we explained that when the bearcat moves, it plants trees, regenerates the forest and protects the other residents of this forest!
Finally, the visitors were invited to create seed bombs (little balls made up of clay and soil mixed with seeds). The visitors left the stand with these bombs they could throw in the city for growing flowers enabling them to imitate in some ways the role of the bearcat in its ecosystem.
As the last year, these 3 days were very intense. The Friday was dedicated to schools, and the weekend to the visitors of the Jardin des Plantes. Our volunteers Géraldine, Arnaud, Cyril, Emmanuel, Agathe and our chairman have once more met the challenge of passing on information about the binturong, and who knows, maybe, they gave to the future generations the desire to interest in the binturongs and to protect them.
thank you to all of them! ^^