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A Black-Footed Ferret Named Mom Continues To Help Her Species

Mom, a black-footed ferret with a legacy, continues to help her species long after her death.

By Marylou Zarbock
Posted: April 26, 2010, 6:20 p.m. EDT

Mom the black-footed ferret
Courtesy Prairie Wildlife Research
For a limited time, people can get Mom's story, her photo, her pawprint and black-footed ferret information at Prairie Wildlife Research's website.

Saving an endangered species isn’t cheap, no matter how big or small the species may be. And when the endangered animal lacks “big name” status, it only increases the challenge to get the public involved.

Enter a black-footed ferret named Mom. Mom was captured in 1986, at a time when very few black-footed ferrets existed in the world. She and 17 others were the basis for a captive-breeding program that continues today.

Mom’s legacy inspired members of the nonprofit group Prairie Wildlife Research to create an innovative fundraiser that ties together Mother’s Day and Endangered Species Day. It offers people the chance to own a piece of black-footed ferret history while helping to save this endangered species — but only until May 21, 2010, Endangered Species Day.

Prairie Wildlife Research is one of the organizations working to save the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered land mammals in North America. Innovative fundraisers are just one weapon used in the fight to save this species. Travis Livieri, executive director of Prairie Wildlife Research, has blogged about some of his own efforts to save the black-footed ferret.

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GO, GO, GO! I hope this works out well. Sooooooo cute also. And one more thing I also have a animal blog in which I write about animals of all sizes. I have worte about comb jellys and hamsters, among a few other animals. I just started blogging last year.
Amber, Stuart, FL
Posted: 4/29/2010 9:50:01 AM
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