Fossa Cryptoprocta ferox

Fossa
Fossa
The Fossa is the largest native, carnivorous mammal on Madagascar and endemic to the island.
Fossa
Fossa
Despite its resemblance to a big cat, it is most closely related to the mongoose family, particularly Madagascar's Ring-tailed Mongoose.
Fossa
Fossa
Fossa
Confusingly, the scientific name Fossa fossana refers to the Malagasy Civet, a less-close, also cat-like, relative of the Fossa.
Fossa
Fossa
Fossa
The Fossa is active both day and night. An excellent climber, it hunts mainly lemurs but also smaller mammals and birds.
Fossa
Fossa
Fossa
Fossas fill the niche of a medium-large wild cat on Madagascar.