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 ChoirTerri HendrixCelebrate the Difference2005 Wilory Records
A Song About FerretsKaren PotjeCan't Help But Love You, Baby2008 ombu productions
Black Footed FerretThe Whizpops!Ranger Rick's Trail Mix Vol. 12016 The Whizpops LLC
The Prairie Dog SongMelody and Chris Scottsingle2008 Chris Scott
Pretty Prairie4matsingle4mat
Prairie RiddlesFarmer Jason & Iris DeMentNature JamsThis Compilation 2012 Jason Ringenberg, under exclusive license in the U.S. to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
That's AlrightPodington BearCarefree2018 HUSH
Bring Back The Black Footed FerretMonty Harper and the Richmond Elementary 4th Grade from 2013single2013 Monty Harper Music
Black Footed FerretMr. T and Friendssingle2021 Allan Thurlow
Animals in DangerJohnny and the RaindropsSongs for Little Learners2016 Raindrops Recordings
Prairie DogWalkin' Jim StoltzThe Web of Life1996 Wild Wind Records
The Life That's in YouThe Okee Dokee BrothersBrambletown2023 Okee Dokee Music

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