This week we explore a creature that used to live throughout the mountain west United States, the elusive black footed ferret.

Once declared extinct, the highly endangered specialist predator may make a comeback in the North American prairie thanks in part to our guest, Paul Marinari, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoo. We’ll have an introduction to Elizabeth Ann, a ferret cloned from cells frozen in 1987.

Elizabeth Ann at 50 days old

There’s a lot of great music to sing and dance to while we learn all about black footed ferrets!

Learn More!

Read about Elizabeth Ann, the cloned ferret!

The black footed ferret has its own webpage! Learn lots more about them at 

Be part of the solution to save black footed ferrets! Learn more here!

Visit Paul Marinari’s webcam and ferret research center at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! 

Playlist Black Footed Ferrets

A Place in the ChoirTerri HendrixCelebrate the Difference02:44 2005 Wilory Records
A Song About FerretsKaren PotjeCan't Help But Love You, Baby02:24 2008 ombu productions
Black Footed FerretThe Whizpops!Ranger Rick's Trail Mix Vol. 102:33 2016 The Whizpops LLC
The Prairie Dog SongMelody and Chris Scottsingle01:102008 Chris Scott
Pretty Prairie4matsingle00:474mat
Prairie RiddlesFarmer Jason & Iris DeMentNature Jams04:24This Compilation 2012 Jason Ringenberg, under exclusive license in the U.S. to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Bring Back The Black Footed FerretMonty Harper and the Richmond Elementary 4th Grade from 2013single02:482013 Monty Harper Music
Brush My TeethThe BeatbudsThe BeatBuds, Vol. 300:33 2018 BeatBuds Media, LLC
Black Footed FerretMr. T and Friendssingle03:192021 Allan Thurlow
Animals in DangerJohnny and the RaindropsSongs for Little Learners03:53 2016 Raindrops Recordings
Prairie DogWalkin' Jim StoltzThe Web of Life02:15 1996 Wild Wind Records
200 WormsKoo Koo Kanga RooSlow Clap02:59 2021 Koo Koo Kanga Roo