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.
Together with the Fossa Fond of the Zoo Duisburg we started a project to evaluate this conflict and investigate ways to find solutions for a peaceful coexistence of humans and fosa. Furthermore, we collect population data to evaluate the IUCN status of the animals and raise awareness for one of the major tourist attraction for naturalists in the project area of Central Menabe.
Measures and activities for fossa conservation:
- Environmental education
- population monitoring and evaluating the conflict
- habitat protection
- improvement of chicken breeding