Civets are a group of small, cat-like carnivores. Vietnam is home to a dozen or more species including the masked palm civet (Paguma larvata), common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), and binturong (Arctictis binturong).

Many of Vietnam’s civet species end up on the menu at wildlife restaurants. 




In the past, most civets in trade were exported to China. However increases in the standard of living in Vietnam have resulted in a growing domestic market for wildlife, including civets, and today most civets that are caught end up being served up in local restaurants.