Rescued Brunei civet!

We received an email on the 24th May from Shinny Chia who informed us that there was a young civet being sold in a Brunei market. It was housed in a small cage with no food or water and there was a kid who was kicking the cage non-stop. Luckily for the civet, it was rescued and taken in by Shinny. With lots of fruits, water and care for the animal, it is definitely looking much better! This civet is a small-toothed palm civet (Arctogalidia trivirgata), another civet species which we have in Singapore, but rarely seen!

The young civet lounging in its new home.

Check out its cool interior design of leaves! It has to be fostered for a few more months before it is suitable for rehabilitation. There are plans to move the civet to a larger cage out in the garden where it will have access to more branches, it can then practise its climbing skills before heading back to the wild.

Thank you for informing us about the rescue, Shinny and for generously sharing your photos with us! If you found a wild animal that you suspect might be a civet, do drop us an email –! If you spot any wild animals being traded in your local markets, please check with your local wildlife agencies.

Hope you have a bright future ahead of you, little small-toothed palm civet!

Injured baby civet rescued in Kuala Lumpur

Today morning, we were alerted by Jeremy Peet who is living in KL, Malaysia regarding a baby civet rescue!

About 4 days ago, Jeremy rescued a young civet (about 35cm long including the tail) that was caught by his cat. It was bitten on the neck and has lost a lot of blood. Since then, Jeremy has been taking care of the baby civet and it is currently well enough to move around and eat.

Knowing that the civet is too young to be released, Jeremy contacted us at for advice on an organisation to contact in KL which can take care of the civet. He has previously tried to leave the civet on the balcony, hoping that the parents would come to pick up the baby civet but it was in vain.

Civetgirl Xu Weiting responded and advised Jeremy to try passing the baby civet to either Zoo Negara or the Wildlife Dept (Perhilitan). She also referred him to our blog on what to do and how to take care of the civet in the meantime.

Baby common palm civet rescued in KL (Photo by Jeremy Peet)

This situation is not unique to the civets in KL. In Singapore, there have been several cases where young civets were killed by pets such as dogs too. In addition, as the civets live in close proximity with humans, these urban civets also face other threats such as trapping and roadkill. You can do your part in saving our last urban native carnivore by informing us if you find an orphan or injuried civet. It is also important to know that trapping is unnecessary and often causes injuries to the civets!

Thank you Jeremy for this alert and good job for rescuing and taking good care of the baby civet! Hopefully, the baby civet will be taken in by Zoo Negara and subsequently be released back to the wild!

Update – The baby civet was taken in by the Malaysia Wildlife Society on the 1st March 2012. May you have a good life ahead, young civet!