Fossa species conservation
Conflict between the fossa and humans
The fosa (syn. Fossa; Cryptoprocta ferox) ist the largest carnivore of Madagascar. The animals belong to a separate group of mammals, the Eupleridae, endemic to Madagascar. Recent evidence suggests the existence of a substantial human-carnivore conflict. Ongoing and tremendous deforestation in Madagascar leads to scarcity of available habitat for the animals. Additionally, animals find easy prey in villages, because livestock protection is traditionally very low or absent, leading to losses of chicken, gooses and ducks of local communities. There is evidence that the fosa gets regularly killed and hunted by local communities in order to protect their livestock.
The species conservation activities for the protection of the fossa are mainly supported by the Fossa Fond of the Zoo Duisburg unterstützt. Wildlife Reserves Singapore support the project with financing two scientific studies (Passive Acoustic Monitoring and Metabarcoding) related to fossas.
Measures and activities for fossa conservation:
- Environmental education
- population monitoring and evaluating the conflict
- habitat protection
- improvement of chicken breeding
- Establishment of metabarcoding for diet analysis in fossa
- Evaluating the potential of passive acoustics for monitoring fusses.