A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES – B for Black-footed Ferret

This little chap is the Black Footed Ferret, you wouldn’t think of a ferret as being endangered however these cute little ferrets have really suffered in the past.

Found only in the northern great plains of north America they rely on prairie dogs and their colonies for food. As early as the 1800s prairie dog numbers have declined due to control programs and in more recent years plagues have affected both the prairie dog and ferret populations, for a while it was thought that the Black Footed Ferret was extinct in the wild.

Due to careful management of the prairie dogs and the reintroduction of ferrets things are now starting to look up, there are now around 300 living in the wild, it does not sound like many however it is a good sign.

The WWF are working hard to save this little ferret and you can find out more about the animal and the efforts of the WWFby visiting the Black-footed ferret page on the WWF website here – http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/black-footed-ferret

My main focus of this project is to bring awareness to the many species under threat however if you would like to make a donation towards the WWF-UK then I have set up a donations page with Just giving – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

100% of the monies raised on the Just Giving page will go directly to the WWF-UK

Next week I am heading down under for the letter C, any guesses?