Black-footed Ferret

Mustela nigripes

Order: Carnivora

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Notes on Enrichment & Training

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Potential Messaging

  • Climate change: Desert and Dryland species have specific adaptations for the temperature and water availability in their natural habitat and may not be able to adjust to the drying effects of climate change. Hotter conditions promote wildfires. More extreme drought conditions kill plants that hold the soil in place and occasional extreme rain events wash that soil away preventing them from growing back in a process called desertification. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere. Please ask guests to walk, bike, or take public transportation when possible and to reduce their use of fossil fuels when they do drive by buying a fuel economic car, carpooling, combining errands, and keeping vehicles properly tuned up and their tires properly inflated. At home and work, purchase Energy Star appliances, turn off lights when they are not in use, and use heaters and air conditioners sparingly. The principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle will also help by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions involved with the manufacture and disposal of unnecessary goods.
    http://www.unep.org/geo/gdoutlook/045.asp
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/
    https://biomesfirst09.wikispaces.com/Desert+Conservation
    http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/pdf/Desert_Ecosystems_Paper.pdf

Acquisition Information

 

Comments from the Rating System

  • National Zoo: Curious and may come when called, especially during feeding times. Due to F&W regulations should not be “trained” for possible eventual release into wild. Great messaging and unique experience for guests.

Natural History Information

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Did you know…

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Documents

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Contributors and Citations

  • Houston Zoo, Natural Encounters

Top Photo: By Ltshears (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons