The fossa, pronounced “foosh,” is one of Madagascar’s top predators and its largest mammalian carnivore. A relative of the mongoose, it looks a lot like a miniature puma. Local folklore has given fossas a bad rap—but perhaps they’re feared most by the lemurs, their favorite prey!
Geladas wear their hearts on their sleeves, or rather, their chests. A pink, hourglass-shaped patch of skin on their chest changes color with their hormone levels to display their readiness to mate. These highly social primates are closely related to baboons.
For many Africans, giraffes symbolize fertility, rain, strength, and prosperity. This strange and shy, spotted mammal is the tallest living terrestrial animal. One giraffe reached a record 19.3 feet high!
The largest of all primates, the peaceful, family-bound gorilla is considered Africa’s “gentle giant.” The four gorilla subspecies include western lowland gorilla, eastern lowland gorilla, mountain gorilla, and Cross River gorilla.