What Defenders is Doing to Help
Black-footed Ferret Recovery Team
As an official member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret recovery team, Defenders is helping to reintroduce black-footed ferrets and protect them once reintroduced. Because of the critical importance of prairie dogs to black-footed ferrets, Defenders is working to restore prairie dogs to new sites and prevent the destruction of prairie dog colonies in existing black-footed ferret areas, such as Conata Basin, South Dakota—one of the most important locations.
Height: 6 inches
Length: 18-24 inches (including a 5-6 inch tail)
Weight: 1.5-2.5 lbs; males slightly larger than females
Lifespan: 3-4 years in the wild; 8-9 years in captivity