Today, black-footed ferrets have been reintroduced to parts of their historic range, including locations in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah. They have also been released into Canada and Mexico!
How do black-footed ferrets protect themselves?
The prairie dog burrow systems that black-footed ferrets inhabit offers shelter from predators. They also make use of sharp canines and a good sense of smell.
Do black-footed ferrets hibernate?
These ferrets don’t hibernate, but their activity does decrease substantially in the winter, during which time they sometimes remain in the same underground burrow system for up to a week!
Stop by the Small Mammal House to see black-footed ferrets during your next visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo!