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A United States (And ZooBorns!) Breeding First!

On April 29, Nashville Zoo welcomed the very first noticed fanaloka to be born in the US. The male pup is being hand-reared by the Zoo’s veterinary employees and is alert and wholesome.

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He was born to a pair of fanaloka that lately arrived on the Zoo and are being cared for in an space away from public view. The three fanaloka, together with the child, are the one identified members of its species that reside at an AZA facility within the US. Nashville Zoo is working to breed and preserve them in an effort to convey consideration to this lesser-known species.

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Fanaloka (Fossa fossana) are native to the lowland and rainforest areas of Madagascar and listed as weak based on the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature on account of habitat destruction. This small nocturnal species is taken into account the second-largest predator in Madagascar. The fanaloka’s weight loss plan consists of small mammals, reptiles, aquatic animals, fowl eggs and bugs.



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