The fossa is a relative of the mongoose, though scientists originally thought it was a primitive type of cat. It's Madagascar's top predator—they love to eat lemurs—and can reach almost 6 ft from head to tail. Bush dogs are native to Central and South America, and its closest relative is either the maned wolf or the African wild dog, though the bush dogs are smaller in size. Binturongs live in Asia, where they are threatened by loss of their forest habitats. Chevrotains are a family of ungulates that includes the smallest known ungulates in the world. Their name means "little goat" in French.
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The fossa is the largest carnivore on Madagascar. 00:26
It's estimated that there are fewer than 3,000 fossa left on Madagascar. 00:42
Domestic dogs are threatening the fossa population. 02:29
Written by Curiosity Staff October 7, 2015
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