The genesis of this project came from a life-long passion and interest in the conservation and protection of endangered species, as well as the realization that the public is still largely unaware of the many efforts of governments, organizations and private citizens to protect these animals.
But, with all the good being done by different organizations and governments, it is not enough.
One endangered species, the black-footed ferret, is an instantly recognizable North American mammal that was considered extinct in the wild for many years. But, with a little luck and a lot of effort by the United States government, as well as those in Canada and Mexico, the ferret has been brought back from the brink.
This website explores these efforts.
"Ferret bootcamp," the first section of the website, provides background on the ferrets' history and biology. The second section, "U.S. efforts," explores what is being done in one of the most successful ferret re-introduction sites in North America - Canata Basin in South Dakota. This is shown through a video interview with a United States Fish and Wildlife Service expert in ferret re-introduction, as well as a photo gallery (located HERE) and a video of my adventures hunting for ferrets in Canata Basin.
The final section of the website, entitled "What is Canada doing," focuses on Canada's involvement in ferret introduction into Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan in early October 2009. An audio slideshow with a Parks Canada specialist explains how ferrets came to Canada. This is in addition to an interview with the curator of mammals at the Toronto Zoo, which raises ferrets for re-introduction.