The fossa, scientifically known as Cryptoprocta ferox, is a unique carnivore endemic to the island of Madagascar. Here’s a description of its distribution:

  1. Madagascar: Fossas are found exclusively on the island of Madagascar, which is their native and only habitat. Within Madagascar, they are distributed throughout various regions of the island, including lowland rainforests, montane rainforests, dry deciduous forests, and spiny forests.

Fossas are the largest carnivores on the island of Madagascar and are known for their slender, cat-like appearance, with a long body, short legs, and a long tail. They are skilled climbers and agile hunters, preying on a variety of animals including lemurs, rodents, birds, and reptiles.

Despite being native to Madagascar, fossas face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation due to deforestation, logging, and agricultural expansion. They are also sometimes hunted by humans and persecuted due to misconceptions about their role in livestock predation. Conservation efforts are underway to protect remaining populations and their habitats, including the establishment of protected areas and community-based conservation initiatives.

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