This week we explore a creature that used to live throughout the mountain west United States, the elusive and nearly extinct 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.
Scientists are working hard to restore the black footed ferret but they face obstacles from humans who have destroyed their habitats.
This episode was produced by Katie Stone, our Executive Producer and our Senior Producer, Christina Stella. Many thanks to Paul Marinari, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoo for being with us on the show today.
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Playlist: Black Footed Ferret
|A Place in the Choir||Terri Hendrix||Celebrate the Difference||2005 Wilory Records|
|A Song About Ferrets||Karen Potje||Can't Help But Love You, Baby||2008 ombu productions|
|Black Footed Ferret||The Whizpops!||Ranger Rick's Trail Mix Vol. 1||2016 The Whizpops LLC|
|The Prairie Dog Song||Melody and Chris Scott||single||2008 Chris Scott|
|Prairie Riddles||Farmer Jason & Iris DeMent||Nature Jams||This Compilation 2012 Jason Ringenberg, under exclusive license in the U.S. to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.|
|That's Alright||Podington Bear||Carefree||2018 HUSH|
|Bring Back The Black Footed Ferret||Monty Harper and the Richmond Elementary 4th Grade from 2013||single||2013 Monty Harper Music|
|Black Footed Ferret||Mr. T and Friends||single||2021 Allan Thurlow|
|Animals in Danger||Johnny and the Raindrops||Songs for Little Learners||2016 Raindrops Recordings|
|Prairie Dog||Walkin' Jim Stoltz||The Web of Life||1996 Wild Wind Records|
|The Life That's in You||The Okee Dokee Brothers||Brambletown||2023 Okee Dokee Music|