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Fossa

Cryptoprocta ferox

NATURAL HABITAT
The fossa is found in the forested areas of Madagascar.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Lemurs, lizards, tenrecs, birds and rodents
IN THE ZOO – Rodents and meat

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Considered the top predator of Madagascar
  • Only Carnivore whose diet consists mostly of primates
  • Related to the mongoose family
  • Litters range from one to six pups, which are born blind and toothless
  • Looks cat-like, but is part of the Eupleridae family, not the Felidae (feline)
  • Can climb up and down trees head first with semi-retractable claws