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Sulawesi palm civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii) appears again in Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park

Sulawesi palm civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii) categorized as an animal is difficult to find in Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. However, officers successfully documented this Sulawesi endemic carnivore on Mt. Poniki on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The findings add sighting data to 22 times in the past 2 years.

M. musschenbroekii is the only Sulawesi endemic carnivorous order which is confined to several narrow places in northern, central and southeast Sulawesi. This animal has a vulnarable status by IUCN which is highly affected by disturbances and changes in habitat.

Dlium Sulawesi palm civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii) appears again in Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park

Sulawesi palm civet was monitored by trapping cameras which were actually intended to document the emergence of the most important animals in Bogani Nani Wartabone such as anoa and pig deer. However, the tool is also developing to detect other animals that are difficult to detect.

"The Sulawesi weasel is difficult to find, but in 2 years, 22 times the documentation is high. It was estimated that it wasn't here," said Hanom Bashari, Protected Area Specialist EPASS.

Dlium.com Sulawesi palm civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii) appears again in Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park

The latest findings provide information on animals that are not as rare as previously thought. It also correlates with increasing knowledge of national park officials and the community. Residents at around the national park are beginning to be able to identify species and be involved in reporting the existence of these animals.

"They didn't know what animal they were. Now they already know and can identify the Sulawesi civet weasel. They also report if there is a civet caught in a snare," Bashari said.



Sulawesi civets are found mostly in primary forest areas, although one finding is trapped near a residential village. Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park is a conservation area covering 282,008,757 hectares in North Sulawesi Province and Gorontalo Province.

This national park is also the best habitat for two species of anoa (Bubalus depressicomis and Bubalus quarlessi), two species of monkeys (Macaca nigra and Macaca nigrescens), Sulawesi babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis), Macrocephalon maleo, julang sulawesi (Rhyticeros Cassidix) and others.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Macrogalidia
Species: M. musschenbroekii

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