How far will we go to save one species? Ferret Town, a new documentary following the revival of the endangered black-footed ferret, begins its preview screening tour in Cody, Wyoming, hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West’s Coe Auditorium, Saturday, September 30, 5 p.m.
Black-footed ferrets were presumed to be gone forever from the Great Plains, until a small population was discovered in 1981 near Meeteetse, Wyoming. With Ferret Town, Wyoming-based filmmakers Content Lab unravel the complexities of endangered species management and rehabilitation. In the process, they reveal the spirit of dedication involved in saving a species from extinction and returning it to the community and environment where they were rediscovered.
A panel of biologists, ranchers, and conservationists involved in the recovery discuss some of the behind-the-scenes efforts that began with the 1981 rediscovery on a ranch near Meeteetse and continue through the latest reintroduction of black-footed ferrets in 2016. Also on hand is a live black-footed ferret from the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center.
“This is one of the greatest conservation stories in the United States—and in Wyoming, which has played a key role both nationally and internationally in saving this species from extinction,” says Virginia Moore, film director and producer.
On October 1, the Wyoming screening tour travels to Jackson for the Jackson Hole WILD Fest at Center for the Arts. After that, it moves to the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute in Laramie on October 2, and then to the Fremont County Library in Lander on October 10. For more information, click here.
Find the Center’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
NOTE: Ferret Town is produced by The Content Lab LLC, an independent production company based in Lander, Wyoming, with support from the Meeteetse Museum Foundation, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, and with the cooperation of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and private landowners.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Google+.
Images courtesy National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center.