Common Palm Civet

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Over-logging and clearing of land for palm oil plantations threatens the common palm civet’s habitat.

The common palm civet is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because it has a wide distribution, large populations, uses a broad range of habitats and is tolerant of extensive habitat degradation and change, and is evidently resilient to ‘background’ hunting levels. These attributes mean that it is unlikely to be declining at the rate required to qualify for listing even as Near Threatened.

With a recent upsurge in off-take over a significant part of its range, this categorisation warrants review when better data on the effects of this off-take become available.

Even though palm civets are not currently in danger, their habitats are getting increasingly smaller due to over-logging and clearing of land for palm oil plantations. Some governments have started monitoring the rate of logging and requiring developers to get permits or licenses to do so. There has also been an effort to replant some of the lost forests.

Sources: (Duckworth, et al., 2011; Nelson, 2013)
Image: Sofig (Sophie Grail)

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