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Fossas are the largest carnivorous mammals on the island of Madagascar. While they have many cat-like features, they are actually more closely related to the mongoose. They are a widespread species, although population densities are usually low. They strictly live in forested habitats. They hunt both during the day and during the night. Over 50% of its diet consists of lemurs, tenrecs, rodents, lizards, birds, and other animals. Life expectancy is up to 20 years in captivity. The fossa is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. It is generally feared by the Malagasy people and is often protected by their taboo. The greatest threat to their existence is habitat destruction.