Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Black-Footed Ferret: Bottleneck Genes Program

Grade 7

Your seventh-grade students have the opportunity to learn about one of the most endangered mammals in North America. They will hear the story of their plight and how National Zoo scientists are helping to save this species from extinction.

Emphasis is placed on small-population biology and genetic diversity. Through an interactive activity, students are introduced to the study of conservation genetics and population bottlenecks. Students will discover how the loss of genetic diversity can affect a population's ability to respond to changes in its environment

Virginia Science Standards Reference:
, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, LS.12, LS.13, LS.14 (bold standards are highly emphasized)

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $50 for local counties [Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester (City of)], $100 for non-local. There is also an extra surcharge of $25, per program, for non-school outreach program requests.

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  • School name, address, and telephone number
  • Email address
  • Teacher name(s)
  • Grade level(s) and class size(s)
  • First, second, and third choice dates
  • Class time(s)
  • Directions to school

SCBI Front Royal Education Office
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
fax: 540.635.6506