Owston's civets are the focus of an in-situ conservation program in Vietnam. This species has always been considered vulnerable and, until now, they have not previously been studied in the wild.
Interesting fact: In February 2013 two male civets were flown from the UK to join the in-situ project in Vietnam; one of them was from Shaldon!
They have a limited range in lowland and montane evergreen forests, bamboo forest and wooded lowland river basins. The proximity of water combined with dense woodland habitat that this animal prefers means that they are under significant threat from man. Hunting through the use of snares combined with deforestation is a real threat to this beautiful and elusive animal.
Earthworms form the bulk of this animal’s natural diet, they are also known to eat small vertebrates, insects and fruit.
Breeding and social dynamics
Science knows very little about this animal’s behaviour in the wild; it is nocturnal and is believed to be solitary with pairs only coming together to mate and the female rearing the young on her own. After a gestation period of between 75-87 days a litter of between one and three young are born.
Part of a managed European breeding programme.