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up-close shot of fossa native to madagascar
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The fossa (pronounced "foosa" is Madagascar’s largest carnivore and the main predator of lemurs. The fossa must have trees to live in, and the forests of Madagascar are being depleted at an alarming rate. Slash-and-burn agriculture has destroyed more than 90 percent of its tropical forest.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Cryptoprocta ferox


Tropical rainforest in Madagascar

Location in the Zoo

Across from black bears

Cool Animal Fact

The fossa has retractable claws like a cat but walks flat on its feet like a bear.