Save the Endangered Fossa From Extinction

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Target: Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana, Prime Minister of Madagascar

Goal: Increase conservation efforts to keep Madagascar’s fossa population from dying out.

The fossa, Madagascar’s largest carnivorous mammal, has been dying out at alarming rates due to excessive habitat loss and hunting. These catlike animal, closely related to the mongoose family, are largely unheard of in comparison to the lemurs that they prey on. As a result, the majority of primatological research in Madagascar has been focused on the lemur, leaving the fossa largely neglected in terms of both scientific study and conservation efforts. The species has been steadily dying out while remaining under the radar, with population numbers dropping by more than 30 percent over the course of the last three generations. Only by raising awareness about this animal’s existence can we show the government of Madagascar the necessity of expending further resources to protect the fossa from extinction.

The fossa is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which predicts that the population will continue to decline by another 30 percent or more over the next three generations. It is likely, however, that the species is in even greater trouble than believed; according to scientist and fossa specialist Mia-Lana Lührs, “an intensive fossa survey all over Madagascar” is needed to know just how many fossas survive. Fossas require a wide range of undisturbed forest to live and hunt, and the current frequency of logging and deforestation in Madagascar has severely impacted their habitat. As a result, many fossas are encroaching on local villages in search of chickens to eat, and are killed off by the inhabitants who view them as a threat.

The destruction and fragmentation of the fossa’s habitat needs to stop, and people need to learn about the value of the species as an essential part of the ecosystem that needs to be preserved. Sign the petition below to demand better protection of Madagascar’s forests and encourage the creation of awareness programs to help keep the fossa from dying out.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Solonandrasana,

Habitat loss and hunting have been killing off Madagascar’s largest carnivorous mammal, the fossa, at an alarming rate. Many people have never heard of this catlike, mongoose-related species, as the majority of scientific study and conservation efforts have been focused on its prey, the lemur. As a result, fossa populations have been steadily declining behind the scenes. The species requires a large, undisturbed forest area to survive, and the increase of logging and deforestation in Madagascar has severely impacted the fossa’s habitat.

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, fossas have a vulnerable listing that requires more research to prove just how serious the problem really is. The species has declined by at least 30 percent, and probably more, over the last three generations, and is predicted to decline by at least this amount over the next three. This decline is only exacerbated by hunters and residents of local villages, who view fossas as a threat to their livestock. In reality, fossas only approach these residential areas because they have been driven out of their natural environments and need to seek out food in other places.

I am urging you to help inform the public about the value of this species through awareness programs, and to encourage further scientific study about the condition of fossa populations. Please take action to increase conservation efforts and save this important species from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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13 Comments

  1. increase conservation efforts to save the great fossa now.

    • Ariel Valyo, DVM says:

      The plants and animals of Madagascar are beautiful and unique. I just wish they were more appreciated and treasured by the people who live there.

  2. susan gallagher says:

    I have heard of them – but didn’t realise they were endangered! Signed and shared!

  3. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    More greed by big business and humans. They won’t be satisfied until all of our wildlife is gone, our trees are down, rivers polluted. Humans find it impossible to leave these beautiful animals alone, stay out of their habitat and just let them live. When all of this is finally destroyed, we also are finished.

  4. How shameful! Madagascar was a heaven for unusual animals and flora, now human greed, overpopulation and indifference cause the extinction of this once, untouched paradise. Animals ripped from their environment and sold to the highest bidder is unconscionable and cruel. Promote eco-tourism, not mass extinction! Dear Sir – please think toward the future of this special gem you are governing. Be remembered for your courage to initiate positive change, not forgotten in an endless row of meaningless names.

    • I agree with what you have said, Justin, this Government could and should take a stand to protect all the beautiful variety of wildlife God bestowed on their country. It is a jewel box of Fauna and Flora.
      May your names live on in history books for being the first forward thinking country to stand up for the voiceless, by preserving all your charges.

  5. Best Wishes to you my friends 💖 and Great Protection 💖
    Special candle for you 👼
    Nature treats back now 💪 Monsters
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now 💪
    Higher Justice works now 💪

  6. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Extinction is for EVER.

  7. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/

  8. Please save these precious Fossa from extinction?

  9. No animal is safe from the heartless human species. It is due to the human species heartless uncaring manner and GREED that such beautiful and precious Wildlife become extinct.

  10. Nancy Dunlap says:

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Please protect these vital creatures. The future of our ecosystem depends on it!

  11. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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