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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.

Black-footed ferrets eat mice and other small rodents. You might see Potpie enjoying a mouse meal while watching this webcam! It's easy to confuse these with a lame or dead kit. However, all the kits are healthy and growing well.
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Black-footed Ferret Cam FAQs

Have questions about black-footed ferret Potpie and her kits? Find the answers here.

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

Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed six black-footed ferret kits to 2-year-old mother Potpie May 10, 2020.
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...
Feb. 08, 2019
Conservation ecologist Andy Boyce lives on the American Prairie Reserve in Phillips County, Montana. It's rugged, it's wild and it's one of the only places left on Earth where scientists have the...
Jul. 13, 2018
Find the answers to some of the most-searched questions about black-footed ferrets, North America’s only native ferret species!