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Black-footed Ferret Cam

Black-footed ferret Potpie gave birth to six kits May 10, 2020. Keepers use this webcam to monitor the group and make sure they are healthy. Each kit is a huge step in saving this endangered species. Black-footed ferrets are North America's only native ferret species and were once thought to be extinct. Thanks to breeding and reintroduction programs, they have made an incredible recovery. Stay tuned to the cam streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, for all the ferret action. Please note that this webcam has no sound and appears black and white because it is dark inside the den.

Big news: Four kits from Potpie’s litter will be released into the wild! These four kits have a new home at the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado, where they will be placed in outdoor pens for 30 days. While in the "preconditioning’" pen, they have the opportunity to hunt for live prey (prairie dogs) and live in a more natural environment prior to being released into the wild. Potpie and her remaining two female kits will remain at SCBI as part of our 2021 breeding population.

Since the kits are all grown up, we'll be turning off this webcam by the end of Sept. 2020. Thanks for tuning in!
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Black-footed Ferret Cam FAQs

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10 Black-footed Ferret Facts

Find the answers to some of the most-searched questions about black-footed ferrets, North America’s only native ferret species!

Black-footed ferret

Black-footed ferrets are North America's only native ferret species. They once ranged across the western plains but were thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered in 1981. Thanks to breeding and reintroduction programs, black-footed ferrets have made an incredible recovery!

Black-footed ferret News

A black-footed ferret mom and her six kits rest together in a small den on a bed of chipped paper
Jul. 02, 2020
Celebrate the Fourth of July with one of America's most precious national treasures: the black-footed ferret! SCBI carnivore keeper Vicki Lake shares the story of mom Potpie and her six kits as they...
Jul. 02, 2020
A family meal among prairie dogs, the soothing sounds of a cheetah’s purr and a Pride cake fit for a giant panda. As summer kicks off at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology...
May. 14, 2020
Mother’s Day was extra special for carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, who welcomed the year’s first litter of black-footed ferret...