"Fossa! The fossa are attacking!"
This week’s animal is the Fossa (pronounced foo-sah). This animal’s conservation status is “vulnerable”, as the species is widespread and population densities are usually low. They live around coastal areas of Madagascar, hence their appearance in the first Madagascar movie. The fossa has a life expectancy of about 20 years in captivity, and maturity is reached by age 3-4 years. They can reach 28-31 inches long, can weigh 12-19 pounds, and actually almost look like a small cougar. These animals are good at climbing due to their flexible ankles that allow them to easily climb trees and jump from one tree to the next. They hunt both during the daytime and nighttime; over half of their diet consists of lemurs, but they also feed on rodents, lizards, and birds.