Today I went to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY with my Mammalogy class.
The reason we went was to observe behavior and watch some enrichment activities going on.
My favorite of the day was the Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), a strange mythological-looking, cat-like, mongoose cousin. The fossa is more closely related to the mongoose, hyenas, and civets rather than cats! This creature is also the largest predator on (and endemic to) Madagascar.
They are really cool, remind me of cat-weasels and I want to know more about them!
(Not the best pictures- taken with my smartphone in dim light, and through glass.)