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Fossas

VULNERABLE

Little Rock Zoo is home to one male fossa: Copper.

  • Pound-for-pound, the fossa is one of the most formidable hunters on the planet.
  • It is acrobatic, agile and relentless in its pursuit of lemurs. They possess a set of long, lean forearms that are coupled with some truly gnarly claws and a fearsome set of teeth.
  • A relative of the mongoose, the fossa is unique to the forests of Madagascar, an African island in the Indian Ocean. 
  • Growing up to 6 feet long from nose to tail tip, and weighing up to 26 pounds, the fossa is a slender-bodied catlike creature with little resemblance to its mongoose cousins.

The fossa is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The fossa must have trees to live in if it is to be successful, and the forests of its native Madagascar are being depleted by human habitation at an alarming rate. Please join our efforts to secure a future for this species by donating to our conservation fund.

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