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Cryptoprocta ferox


Held in a rather small enclosure at Vakona Forest Lodge. The animals seemed frustrated, constantly pacing the short length of their cage.


The fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar. Adults have a head-body length of 70–80 cm (28–31 in) and weigh between 5.5–8.6 kg (12–19 lb), with the males larger than the females. It has semi-retractable claws and flexible ankles that allow it to climb up and down trees head-first, and also support jumping from tree to tree. The fossa is unique within its family for the shape of its genitalia, which share traits with those of cats and hyenas. The species is widespread, although population densities are usually low. It is found solely in forested habitat, and actively hunts both by day and night

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Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012

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