The Black-footed Ferret was declared extinct in 1979. A tiny population was found again in 1981 and a breeding program was started.
Today there are about 1000 of these in reintroduced areas around the US. Twice per year in this spot in Arizona,
volunteers like me show up to catch these guys out in the wild so they can be vaccinated and identified with little RFID chips.
Volunteering to work with these adorable little critters was the most fun I've ever had in all my years of wildlife activities.
Click here to see more about volunteering with black-footed ferrets
Aubrey Valley, Arizona