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Return of the Prairie Bandit

Their habitat once stretched across the Prairies. But when humans wiped out the one thing they eat, the black-footed ferret disappeared. The only native North American ferret, this mysterious animal became the most endangered species in the world. For many years, they survived only in zoos. Now a fledgling project is attempting to bring the black-footed ferret back to Saskatchewan. The dramatic story of the ferrets' reintroduction to the wild unfolds in Return of the Prairie Bandit. Shot over the course of one year, Return of the Prairie Bandit is a fascinating look at the ups and downs of reintroducing a species into the wild set against the sweeping, stark beauty of the prairie landscape. Read more about 'Return of the Prairie Bandit'.

"The film charts the progress made by wildlife biologist Travis Livieri (of Prairie Wildlife Research) who is spearheading the black-footed ferret revival in North America. Alongside Parks Canada staff, he directs the release of the animal onto prairie dog colonies, and returns each season to check on their survival rate. At each turn, the ferrets face seemingly catastrophic challenges, from an unseasonably harsh winter to plague."




Patrick Emmy
Expeditions with Patrick McMillan

Expeditions with Patrick McMillan, a nationwide television show produced at Clemson University, came to South Dakota in 2009 to film several episodes about the Great Plains. Patrick, one of today’s premier naturalists, and his crew spent many days without sleep capturing footage of prairie plants, bison and prairie dogs. They really wanted to delve into the story of black-footed ferrets but needed help. As Patrick asked many folks about who to contact for black-footed ferrets there was one, unanimous answer: “Get in touch with Travis Livieri at Prairie Wildlife Research.” Patrick, his crew and Travis spent some time together chasing black-footed ferrets and few other critters and were able to capture amazing, and now famous, footage. The show aired nationwide on many PBS stations in 2010 and was a great hit. Eventually it earned Patrick and his crew an Emmy. Read more about Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.



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Interactive

Recovery Mission

Recovery Mission
Join the team from Grasslands National Park and the Toronto Zoo in reintroducing the Black-footed Ferret into its natural habitat!

Build a Prairie Build-A-Prairie
Can you turn a bare dirt field into a thriving prairie? Take the restoration challenge in this interactive game by Bell LIVE!
Design a Habitat Design a Habitat
Build the perfect habitat for black-footed ferrets in this interactive game by Arkive.


Educational

Black-Footed Ferret Curriculum and Activity Sheets
Created by the Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Implementation Team & the Colorado Division of Wildlife
Middle School Activity SheetEarly Childhood Activity Sheet Elementary Activity Sheet Middle School Activity Sheet
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Junior Biologists

Observe, study and protect black-footed ferrets just like a wildlife biologist! Includes: Plush Black-Footed Ferret, PWR Clip-On Flashlight, Field Note Sheet And Pen, Junior Biologist Badge, The Ferret Capture Book, Activities & More. Ages 5-10. Get yours here.


Junior Biologist

Extra Printables for Junior Biologist Kit