The Civet Story

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in the Philippines. This tree-dwelling, nocturnal cousin of the mongoose is called “alamid” in the Filipino language and as “mutit” in the Ilocano language. The civet’s diet consists coffee berries and other wild fruits of the jungle.The civet, also known as the Asian Palm Cat, is a rare and endemic natural inhabitant of the mountain rainforests

The Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park

Civets have an extraordinary sense of smell allowing them to single pick only the sweetest, juiciest of coffee berries. The Civet is the Ultimate Coffee Farmer! However, poaching, trapping, illegal selling on the black market, and the rapid loss of its forest habitat, have made the civet rare.

The animal is also targeted and killed by coffee farmers, as it is viewed by many as a pest that eats away their hard-earned coffee crop. However, steps are now being taken to conserve the civet within the wild and to convince coffee farmers that the civet can be an asset, not an enemy.

Within the Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park

Special measures have been taken to ensure the survival and healthy existence of the civet population within The Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park.
 
A civet rescue area, a 24-hectare shaded coffee and forest area within the 40-hectare memorial park, has been established to provide the opportunity for park caretakers and coffee farmers to rescue civets from the black market and release them into this rescue area.  The park caretakers then allow the civets to dine on as much coffee as they like in this shade-grown, rainforest-covered coffee orchard.

These farmers don’t mind allowing the animal to harvest their coffee crop because the civets leave behind extremely valuable and delicious coffee, which farmers then sell at a price that provides these proud people with a living and an incentive to preserve civets and their habitat. By ordering Bantai Civet Coffee, you too can contribute to the support of the Civet Conservation Project.




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