Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery and USFWS Celebrate Black-footed Ferret Recovery during “Musteli-Day”
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2014
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.”