The first of 4 digital artworks created in Corel Painter v10, for a proposed WWF stamp issue for Madagascar.
Unfortunately, as this is stamp artwork, I cannot offer it for sale on RB
The following blurb concerning this wonderful critter was kindly supplied by Tempe
to whom I send heartfelt thanks and hugs!
The Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) (pronounced /ˈfuːsə/ or /ˈfɒsə/4) is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). Its classification has been controversial because its physical traits resemble those of cats, yet other traits suggest a close relationship with viverrids (most civets and their relatives). Its classification, along with that of the other Malagasy carnivores, influenced hypotheses about how many times mammalian carnivores have colonized the island. With genetic studies demonstrating that the Fossa and all other Malagasy carnivores are most closely related to each other (forming a clade, recognized as the family Eupleridae), it is now thought that euplerids colonized the island once approximately 18 to 20 million years ago.
The Fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar, though it has been compared to a small cougar. Adults have a head-body length of 70–80 cm (28–31 in) and weigh between 5.5–8.6 kg (12–19 lb), with the males being larger than the females. It has semi-retractable claws and flexible ankles that allow it to climb up and down trees head-first, and also support jumping from tree-to-tree. The Fossa is unique within its family for the shape of its genitalia, which share traits with those of cats and hyenas.