The black-footed ferret once was believed to be extinct. Although still endangered, they are making a remarkable recovery. Before their downfall, black-footed ferret habitats included grasslands in 12 American states, 2 Canadian provinces and parts of Northern Mexico. Their population was in the tens of thousands, before it rapidly declined in the 1970s and 1980s. The prairie dog population also dropped, leaving black-footed ferrets with a limited supply of food. Prairie dogs make up 90% of a black-footed ferret’s diet. The ferrets can consume more than 100 prairie dogs in a year.
The black-footed ferret is still listed as one of North America’s most endangered species. Elmwood Park Zoo participates in the Black-footed Ferret Species Survival Plan, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Find me at EPZ
Location: South end of the Zoo; adjacent to prairie dog exhibit
Arrived at EPZ: KAH - 10/12/2017, REY - 7/2020