Image description: A tired black-footed ferret kit yawns at the National Black Footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado. The black footed ferret, the only species native to North America, was considered extinct as recently as 1981 when 24 were discovered in Wyoming.
After an emergency conservation program started by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are now more than 1,000 in the wild, each a descendant of 18 ferrets trapped in 1987. Learn about the Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program.
Photo from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Photo by Kimberly Tamkun.