Ferrets Back from the Brink
This Zoom webinar aired December 14, 2022, as part of the "Shared Planet, Shared Health" series.
Black-footed ferrets once occupied an expansive range stretching from Canada to Mexico — including 12 states in the U.S. Then came the threats of habitat fragmentation, loss of their food source, and Yersinia pestis (the bacteria that causes plague). By 1979, black-footed ferrets were considered extinct, but after decades of conservation efforts and collaboration by Smithsonian researchers and wildlife experts, they’re coming back from the brink of extinction.
In this video, Paul Marinari, senior curator at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, discusses the ongoing efforts to reintroduce the black-footed ferret into its native range and the threats still impacting this critically endangered carnivore today.
Moderator: Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Webinar Series: Shared Planet, Shared Health
Our virtual "Shared Planet, Shared Health" programs spotlight leading research on the interconnection between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and their shared environment. These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.