The San Diego Zoo has fossas, including a male named Isa who serves as an animal ambassador. Isa meets Zoo guests up close and makes appearances at special events and on television.
Fossas are found throughout Madagascar wherever there is forest, but they are rare, and their numbers are unknown. In 2000, there were less than 2,500 mature fossas in parts of Madagascar. As one of the island's top predators, fossas do not have natural enemies, but local people kill them because they sometimes attack farm chickens. Fossa habitat is being taken over by humans, and fossas have to compete for food with introduced species like civets. There are also diseases that threaten the fossa: rabies was introduced to the island by domestic dogs and wild cats.
The fossa has help, though, because it is protected from export and trade. Ecotourism also helps the fossa and other wildlife in Madagascar. When people travel to this island to see its amazing biodiversity, their visits provide money for the local people and encourage them to keep the forests as they are.