Two Black-Footed Ferrets Successfully Cloned to Bolster Endangered Species Recovery Efforts

Two Black-Footed Ferrets Successfully Cloned to Bolster Endangered Species Recovery Efforts

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced the successful cloning of two black-footed ferrets, Noreen and Antonia. Born last May, these ferrets represent a crucial step in the ongoing battle to save the critically endangered species. Utilizing tissue samples collected from a female ferret named Willa back in 1988, scientists were able to […]

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Underfunded but passionate, Native American conservationists call for more support

Underfunded but passionate, Native American conservationists call for more support

In the prairies of the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation, the typically knee-high grass extends to the horizon. But in areas home to burrowing mammals, like prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), the grass shrinks to an inch in height as the animals feed their vigorous appetite. After sunset one September day, wildlife biologist Shaun Grassel drives through […]

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Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took off in the United States just as the breeding season for the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) commenced. Disease is always at the forefront of the mind for the conservationists who work with this human-dependent species, but the pandemic kicked things into high gear. Suddenly, breeders at seven different […]

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