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Black-footed ferrets came to the brink of extinction in the mid-1980s when only eighteen animals remained. The main cause of their decline? Habitat loss and the extermination of prairie dogs, the ferrets’ primary food source. Partnerships formed between @usfws, @cheyennemountainzoo, and four additional AZA-accredited facilities to run a captive breeding and reintroduction programs to recover the native ferret population. Approximately 300 black-footed ferrets are thought to be in the wild today. Photographed at Toronto Zoo.