One such collaborative effort is the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret
to the Northern Great Plains.
What is learnt from the black-footed ferret
could then be applied to countless other vulnerable species in need of assistance.
Kristy Bly, a biologist with the World Wildlife Fund, describes prairie dogs as "the chicken McNuggets of the prairie." Their colonies provide food and shelter to a number of other animals, including burrowing owls, black-footed ferrets
, badgers, snakes, salamanders, turtles, and insects.
Elk, pronghorn antelope and black-footed ferret
He says that zoos provide a chance for scientists to study animals up close and have allowed scientists to facilitate the comebacks of animals like the black-footed ferret
. He also argues that zoos inspire visitors to get involved in animal conservation.)
They are 'figures' in [Donna] Haraway's sense of the word, in that they embody 'material-semiotic nodes or knots in which diverse bodies and meanings coshape one another.'" 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
. I'm also the author of a book on ecopragmatism, called Whole Earth Discipline, that Friese quotes approvingly.
Under the Endangered Species Act, the California condor, grizzly bear, Okaloosa darter, whooping crane, and black-footed ferret
have all been brought back from the brink of extinction.
Prairie dogs have also engaged in mobbing behavior by following, approaching, or harassing a black-footed ferret
and interment behavior by covering a ferret-occupied burrow with dirt (Henderson et al., 1969).
The black-footed ferret
's diet consists almost exclusively of prairie dogs another species that lives only in North America.
At Grasslands National Park, the family will assist park biologists in monitoring the recently re-introduced black-footed ferret
, hike through rattlesnake territory, and see free-ranging plains bison roaming the open prairie.
Endangered species protection has brought the Hawai'i state bird, the whooping crane, the black-footed ferret
, grey whales, and many other species back from the very brink of extinction,” said Pimm.
In contrast, the infected black-footed ferret
in our study had relatively mild clinical illness, consisting only of lethargy.
Work to conserve species has helped a number of animals turn their fortunes round, from the black-footed ferret
, which became extinct in the wild before being reintroduced in the US, to the white rhino and the humpback whale.
It highlighted 64 mammal, bird and amphibian species that have improved in status, including three species that were extinct in the wild and have been re-introduced: the California Condor, the black-footed ferret
in the United States and Przewalski's horse in Mongolia.