The domestic ferrets are part of the same family as weasels, otters, skunks, badgers and mink. A common misconception is that ferrets are rodents, when in actuality they are a completely different scientific order. It is unknown when ferrets were first domesticated.


Ferrets are small, affectionate, playful and welcome human interaction. They tend to be very curious and will wiggle their way into tiny spaces. Ferrets are very social animals and enjoy company, as well as entertaining. However, they are known for their smell and will mark their territory with a distinctive burst of scent.

Find me at EPZ

Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.

Arrived at EPZ: 2018