Abilene Zoo is thrilled to announce that our three fossa pups, born on June 19th of this year, have joined their mom Lavavolo (Volo) on exhibit for guests to view. On Monday, November 6th, the pups were given access to their outdoor habitat for the first time. Out of the three pups, there are two males and one female.
The fossa, a carnivore that is closely related to the mongoose and a native of the lush forests of Madagascar, is a fascinating and elusive creature known for its slender, cat-like body and incredible agility. Their outdoor habitat, carefully designed and created by our animal care and maintenance staff, provides a safe and enriching environment for these young fossas to explore. Visitors to the zoo will now have the opportunity to watch them as they navigate the world outside their den and adapt to their natural surroundings.
“We know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the debut of the three fossa pups. To allow for proper bonding between mom and pups, they have been kept behind the scenes until the staff was confident that Volo was ready for them to explore their big habitat,” stated Keeper Marissa Ballard. “We are so excited to introduce them to the Abilene community so they can watch them explore and grow along with us!”
The fossa pups and their mom, Volo, can be seen exploring their habitat in the Madagascar exhibit. Zoo tickets and memberships can be purchased at abilenezoo.org.