Black-footed ferret

Once declared extinct, the black-footed ferret made a comeback when a small population of 18 individuals was discovered in 1981.  A breeding program was established and the number of this native ferret is on the steady incline.

Fast Facts

  • Black-footed ferrets are the only wild species of ferret in North America.
  • They are nocturnal and tend to hunt for prey during the night.
  • Black-footed ferrets primarily eat prairie dogs in the wild.

Scientific name

Mustela nigripes
Range  North America
Conservation status Endangered
Diet Carnivore
Zoo name(s) Filly
Zoo location Education building


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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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