I write as a proponent of high-tech genetic rescue, being a co-founder of Revive & Restore, a small nonprofit pushing ahead with de-extinction for woolly mammoths and passenger pigeons and with genetic assistance for potentially inbred black-footed ferrets
once seemed locked in the eternal predator-prey dance with prairie dogs.
In 1979, the black-footed ferret
was widely presumed to be extinct after the last few individuals from a population in South Dakota died in captivity without successfully breeding.
Five percent of species were recovering because of conservation efforts, including the European bison and the black-footed ferret
, found in North America.
The black-footed ferret
reintroduction to Shirley Basin is quite a famous case study," says Doug Armstrong of Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, a biologist who studies reintroductions.
Today, the black-footed ferret
population numbers approximately 1,000, of which more than half were reared in AZA institutions.
In both 2004 and 2005, the Forest Service proposed prairie dog poisoning campaigns in Conata Basin, South Dakota, which is the most successful black-footed ferret
The environmental group is particularly concerned about the black-tailed prairie dog, which is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the consequent impact on the black-footed ferret
, which is listed under the ESA.
In 1986 the 18 survivors of the last known wild black-footed ferret
population were taken for captive breeding to help to start a propagation programme.
These survivors of two centuries of Western progress are being joined by other previously diminished inhabitants of the plains: prairie dogs, burrowing owls, the black-footed ferret
, and, perhaps most spectacularly, the American bison-- the buffalo.
The Endangered Species Act and the Black-Footed Ferret
The cell space models presented in this section include an interesting real world example (Chapter 9) which looks at the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret
in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
The other endangered critters that landed on the new set of stamps include the brown pelican, American crocodile, gila trout, Florida panther, Schaus swallowtail butterfly, thick-billed parrot, California condor, black-footed ferret
, Wyoming toad, woodland caribou, ocelot, Florida manatee, piping plover and the Hawaiian monk seal.
Although their cousin, the rare black-footed ferret
, is native to America, the kind kept as pets originated in Europe.
WWF's list of "9 to Watch in 2009" includes such well-known and beloved species as polar bears, tigers, gorillas, pandas, elephants, whales and rhinos, as well as the lesser-known black-footed ferret