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Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery and USFWS Celebrate Black-footed Ferret Recovery during “Musteli-Day”

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2014

Black-footed ferret and kits. Credit: Kimberly Fraser/USFWS.
Black-footed ferret and kits. Credit: Kimberly Fraser/USFWS.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Tomorrow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will join the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (Museum) in Colorado to celebrate Musteli-Day, an event hosted at the Museum that recognizes recovery efforts for the endangered black-footed ferret, one of North America’s rarest mammals. The event’s name is a play on Mustelidae, the family of species to which black-footed ferrets belong.

The event comes on the heels of an historic reintroduction of black-footed ferrets earlier this month, back to their native habitat on the shortgrass prairie just 25 miles north of the Museum.

Musteli-Day attendees will learn about the species’ successful journey back from the brink of extinction, thanks in large part to a Service-led recovery program   located in nearby Wellington, CO.

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is the only museum in world that is home to a live black-footed ferret, a male from the Service’s breeding program named Joshua.

“The shortgrass prairie is one of the most underrepresented ecosystems in the world and to have this flagship species represented here at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is really an honor,” said Cathy Jones, the Museum’s Marketing Manager.

The Service and the museum are also announcing the launch of an exciting black-footed ferret web camera during the event. 

“Ferrets are nocturnal creatures,” said Kimberly Fraser of the Service. “This means that viewing opportunities during the daytime are sometimes limited. Our new web camera, however, has infrared capabilities, enabling us to capture footage of them at night when they are most active. To our knowledge, this is the only web cam in the world specifically designed to stream live footage of black-footed ferrets, around the clock.”

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The public can view the live web cam feed at:

Livestream: https://new.livestream.com/BlackFootedFerret/cam.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FerretCenter

Web: http://blackfootedferret.org/

On the FCMoD Website: http://www.fcmod.org/the-museum-2/free-zone/

The Musteli-Day celebration takes place tomorrow, September 27th, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Innovation Lab and with a short film in the Digital Dome about the recent ferret releases at:

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Court
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is a state-of-the-art facility designed to engage people in hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture. Opportunities for support are ongoing. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is located at 408 Mason Court, Fort Collins. For information about the museum and opportunities for support, please call 970-221-6738 or visit www.fcmod.org.

– FWS –

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228


303-236-3815 FAX



Cathy Jones
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