We heard that a group of four binturongs from Lok Kawi zoo had been released into the forest at the Shangrila Rasa Ria resort near Tuaran, several years ago. Knowing that binturongs have a strong penchant for ripe figs we decided to make a visit. The Rasa Ria activities staff have seen up to 8 binturongs at one time including babies so the binturongs must be breeding successfully.
The Activities staff at the Rasa Ria Resort told us that the binturongs were most often seen when fig trees were fruiting near the resort. For the last few days a binturong had been feeding in a fruiting Ficus callosa only 20m into the forest along the main trail. We found that the fig was still fruiting and and despite the rain the binturong had returned.