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Virtual Panel Discussion: Black-footed Ferrets
September 24 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am MDT
Black-Footed Ferrets: 40th Anniversary of Rediscovery and Looking to the Future
VIRTUAL Panel Discussion
Friday, September 24
8:30 a.m. MDT
Register in advance for this Zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUFPHMeDQsaZOXFfVCXgOg
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To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets in northwest Wyoming and continuing work in their recovery, the Meeteetse Museums, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West are working together to provide a truly one-of-a-kind, virtual event. Join us online Friday, September 24 at 8:30 a.m. MDT to learn more.
Forty years ago, ranch dog Shep encountered a black-footed ferret in his yard at John and Lucille Hogg’s place on the banks of the Greybull River. Thanks to that encounter and John and Lucille’s curiosity, the last remaining population of black-footed ferrets was found. The story may be familiar to you—biologists descended on Meeteetse, Wyoming, and began monitoring the ferrets.
The re-discovery and reintroduction story achieved another breakthrough on December 10, 2020, when “Elizabeth Ann” became not only the first cloned black-footed ferret but the first cloned U.S. endangered species. This momentous occasion will help to bring genetic diversity to the ferret population, better equipping them to deal with things like sylvatic plague.
The virtual panel includes Ryan Phelan, Revive and Restore; Oliver Ryder, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; Shawn Walker, ViaGen; Angi Bruce, Wyoming Game and Fish; and Robyn Bortner, US Fish and Wildlife. Meeteetse’s own Dr. Lenox Baker will act as moderator. The virtual event is being recorded, and the program will be uploaded after the event.
An in-person watch party will be held at the Meeteetse Library, where there will be a drawing for a ferret mug and shirt door prize. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from the people working to save the black-footed ferrets.