Masked Palm Civet
Habitat & Distribution
Although categorized as Least Concern in the IUCN Red list, Masked Palm Civet population is facing a continued decline.
The primary threats to Masked Palm Civets are habitat destruction and over-hunting. It is also a major component of wild meat restaurants in China and Vietnam.
Like many other civet species, Masked Palm Civet possesses a strong scent gland which it uses to mark territory and deter predators. The odorous chemical, called “civetone”, is used as a perfume fixative and flavor.
In the making of kopi luwak – “Civet coffee”, many farms keep Masked Palm Civet and other civet species to make coffee from their droppings (fancy word for poop). A lot of questions about animal welfare were brought up against this practice.