Golden Palm Civet

The Golden Palm Civet (Paradoxurus zeylonensis) is wholly exclusive to Sri Lanka unlike the other species of Palm Civets found throughout South Asia. The Golden Palm Civet has two morphs, one with a consistent golden brown coat with the tips of the hairs glossy in appearance and the other dark brown in color, both being recorded in Sri Lanka.

It is commonly found in the lowland rain forest, the evergreen mountain forests and dense monsoon forests; especially seen in the Sinharaja Rain Forest and the Wasgamuwa and Yala National Parks. The Golden Palm Civet is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List is a forest dependant nocturnal, solitary animal that lives mainly on trees, sometimes hunting on the ground for insects and small vertebrates which includes, frogs, birds and lizards in addition to fruits and berries.