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UC staff, faculty, students and alumni can buy discounted tickets for admission, rides and meals. Bypass ticket booth lines by printing admission tickets from your computer. Present them, along with your UC ID, at the entrance turnstiles.
Purchase discounted tickets by visiting the Cincinnati Zoo online tickets site. Enter "UC" as the store name.
Bearcat, Arctictis binturong -"Lucy"
Birthday: January 17, 2008
Hometown: Spring, Texas
Length: 4 ft
Weight: 20 lbs
Favorite Food: Grapes, bananas and musketeers
Also known as the binturong, the bearcat is agile like a cat in the canopy and less adept on ground, walking flat-footed like a bear. However, it is neither a bear nor a cat, but belongs to the civet and mongoose family. Spending most of its time in the trees, it slowly and skillfully walks along branches at night while foraging for fruit and small animals. Curling its prehensile tail around a tree limb, the bearcat pulls fruiting branches to its mouth with its forepaws. As it climbs down a tree headfirst, the bearcat turns its ankles so it can still grip the trunk with its claws.
The bearcat has a very distinctive odor; it smells like hot popcorn!
Although it is classified as a carnivore, the bearcat primarily eats fruit.
A bearcat eats a fig, travels a ways, then passes the seeds out the other end, helping fig trees grow in new places.