The Civet of Madagascar (Fossa fossana)

The civet found in Madagascar is known as the Malagasy civet (Fossa fossana), also sometimes referred to as the Madagascar or brown-tailed civet. It is locally known as “jaboady” or “fanaloka”. It is a small mammal that belongs to the Eupleridae family, which includes several other species endemic to Madagascar.

Description: The Malagasy civet is slender, with spotted skin. Unlike the Madagascar Fossa, Fanaloka are not solitary animals, but they usually live in pairs. This is a way for them to defend their territory from interlopers.

Diet: The Malagasy civet is primarily nocturnal and is known for its solitary and secretive nature. It has a varied diet, feeding on small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, and even carrion.

Role: The civet plays a crucial role in the ecosystem by helping regulate populations of various species and dispersing seeds through its feces.

Distribution and habitat: The Malagasy civet inhabits Madagascar’s lowlands and rainforests. Our tours in the Eastern and Northern areas of Madagascar will lead you to the homes of this rare species. They can be also encountered in Amber Mountain National Park and in the Ankarana Special Reserve.

 

 

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