Monday, September 14, 2009

Endangered Black-Footed Ferret

Isn't he cute?  He is one of the most endangered animals in United States.  He is actually the only ferret native to the U.S. and in 1986 there were only 18!  Yes, 18.  

In 2008, with the help of captive breeding programs and the Endangered Species Act, their numbers grew to 750 in the wild and 250 in breeding facilities. How cool is that?  I love knowing there are people out there dedicating their lives to these kinds of endeavors. Doesn't it give you hope?  To learn more about this very endangered animal, check out Defenders of Wildlife and their website.  

I am always a bit shocked at people who miss the whole "link in the chain" thing and that every species is important to their eco-chain and the larger ecosystem.  I mean, I barely went to biology class and I still get that!

Black Footed Ferret, Pen and Ink 2006

It is horrifying that we have to fight
our own government
to save the environment.
~Ansel Adams

1 comment:

tarocake said...

i love his expression - it's rather pleading actually, consistent with your post.