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Cryptoprocta ferox


This is the largest mammalian carnivore on the Island. Related to the mongoose it can climb trees. It weighs between 22-26 pounds. They have retractable claws and a long tail.It has been compared to a small cougar. It can climb up and down trees head first.


All around the coastal areas of the Island. Forested habitat.


This one is in captivity near the Vokona Forest Lodge. They are still found in the wild.

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JosephBullock 13 years ago

Some Wild-life photographers that visit the Island regularly are able to photograph them in the wild. The Fossa eat lemurs and other small creatures.
Yes, it looks like it knows its way around the forests and knows where the food is located. It comes fully equipped as a predator.

they do really exist? it looks like it could get really mean

JosephBullock 13 years ago

You're welcome, auntnance123:)

auntnance123 13 years ago

Down head first? "killer cougar-squirrel" I learn something new everyday here. Thanks for this one.

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Spotted on Mar 15, 2008
Submitted on Jul 10, 2011

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