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Masked Palm Civet

IUCN Status Globally: Least concern (LC)

Status in Pakistan: Protected from hunting in most of its habitat

Scientific Name: Paguma larvata

Family: Viverridae

Order: Carnivora

Class: Mammalia

Population Trend: Decreasing

Gem-faced Civet, Himalayan Palm Civet, Masked Palm Civet PC: WikipediaOther common names of the species are Himalayan Palm Civet and Gem-faced Civet. The Asian palm civet is common, but conservationists claim that related species are sometimes used in coffee business which is under threat of extinction. There is a high mortality rate and for some species of civet, there’s a real conservation risk. People need to be aware that tens of thousands of civets are being kept in these conditions.


Major Threats:  Masked Palm Civet is threatened, potentially, by habitat reduction and by overharvest. It is likely that it cannot survive total deforestation, but at least in some parts of its range, it clearly persists in degraded and fragmented forest

Habitat: Masked Palm Civet has one of the widest geographic ranges of any civet around the globe. It occurs in west along the Himalayas and their southern foothills in Pakistan. Masked Palm Civet occupies a wide range of habitats across its large range. In South-east Asia, most records come from evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, including heavily degraded areas and strips of riverine evergreen forest through deciduous landscapes.

Distribution across Pakistan: This species of civets is largely a part of Mammalian Diversity of Tolipeer National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan.

A good number of Himalayan palm civit is frequently observed in Chitral Gol National park. A great portion of the diet of the park’s jackals and Grey wolf are civets.

Other places, where this species is reported are Ghamot National Park in Neelum, Machiara National Park in Muzaffarabad, Phalla Game Reserve in Bagh, Salkhala Game Reserve in Neelum, Moji Game Reserve   in Muzaffarabad, Hillan Game Reserve in Bagh, Nar Game Reserve in Bagh,  Sudhan Gali Game Reserve in Bagh, Banjonsa Game Reserve in Poonch, and Junjhal Hills in Sudhnutti.

Paguma larvata are also a part of mammalian diversity of Ayubia National Park.


References: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

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