Day 96 of #the100dayproject and my #realandendangered project. Today, we are going to look at the Western Falanouc, a rare and secretive mongoose-like mammal that only occurs in Madagascar. What do we know about this species? 1. They are carnivores (with a diet of earthworms and other small invertebrates), but their conical teeth strongly resemble those of insectivores. 2. They are nocturnal and crepuscular. 3. They inhabit undisturbed areas of dry, deciduous forest (on the edges of wetlands), as well as flooded palm savanna not far from dry forests. 4. They were first regarded as their own species in 2010 (previously they were a subspecies of the Eastern falanouc). 5. They are slightly larger than a domestic cat and have a stocky body paired with a small head and elongated snout.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently lists them as "endangered." Though not confirmed, habitat destruction and deforestation (through fires, charcoal production, and illegal logging), predation by dogs and cats, and hunting (locals consider it a desired food source) are most likely the main threats to this species. In terms of conservation, there does not appear to be an action plan in place. In fact the only information I could find is that they are in at least one protected area (Ankarafantsika National Park) and adjacent to another (Baly Bay National Park). It may also be found in Manongarivo Special Reserve, Ankarana National Park and Montagne d'Ambre National Park. #enmlillustration #thesadhappy #digitalart