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Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Life in Managed Care


  • 19-20 years for both males and females (Krebs and Bryan 2012)
  • The oldest animal on record died at the age of 23 years. (Reiter 2013)


  • Both sexes continue to reproduce until age 12-15 (Krebs and Bryan 2012)
    • Male over 18 years of age sired cubs at Suffolk Wildlife Park (Hornsey 1999)
    • 20 year old male and female produced cubs at ZSEA Africa Alive! (ZIMS 2015)

History of Managed Care

Managed Care History

  • Europe
    • First live animals in a zoos outside Madagascar (Hornsey 1999)
      • 1874: exhibited in Paris
      • 1890: exhibited in London
  • North America
    • First North American zoo record (Krebs 2011; Krebs and Bryan 2012)
      • 1954: housed at the National Zoo
    • Current North American population
      • 63 individuals in 24 institutions, as of July 2012 (Krebs and Bryan 2012)
        • 32 males, 31 females

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

  • Historical notes
    • 1967: first representatives at San Diego Zoo (Krebs 2011)
      • A pair of males donated by the government of Madagascar
    • 1989: first zoo-born fossa in North America (Krebs and Bryan 2012)
      • Infant male named Mufossa
      • Parents were born in managed care in Basel, Switzerland (Krebs 2011)
    • 2013: most recent birth (ZIMS 2015)
  • Current population
    • San Diego Zoo
      • 11 Individuals, as of March 2015
        • 8 males, 3 females
    • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
      • 1 male named Jamba, as of March 2015

Fossa Pups at the San Diego Zoo


Young fossas explore and play at the San Diego Zoo.

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Fossa in Managed Care

Fossa, Isa, at Zoo

Animal Ambassador 'Isa' at the San Diego Zoo.

Image credit: Ken Bohn, © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.

Page Citations

Hornsey (1999)
Krebs (2011)
Krebs and Bryan (2012)
Reiter (2013)
ZIMS (2015)

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