Fossa in a mess

Elize Labuschagne-Hull's Image

Elize heard that an elusive fossa was in the area. Having caught sight of the carnivore, she followed as it wandered into a rubbish dump in search of food. Elize captured the moment it glanced up from foraging, a restaurant bill stuck to its head.

Fossas are found only on the island of Madagascar. Researchers are working to better understand these increasingly rare mammals, which are threatened by the destruction of their forest habitat and by human hunting.

Watch photographer Elize Labuschagne-Hull explore the increasing plight of fossas in Madagascar.


Behind the lens

Elize Labuschagne-Hull

Elize Labuschagne-Hull

South Africa

Elize qualified as a cultural historian, then became an interior designer, then a product designer. Her passion for nature and travelling became a full-time pursuit after retiring from business in 2017. She hopes to share her experience with youthful, less privileged photographers to raise awareness for conservation. She recently published her memoirs of her life from farmgirl to photographer.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • 70–200mm lens
  • 1/800 sec at f4  •   ISO 800
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