Thanks to the ultimate conservation efforts made by the native American tribes, conservation organizations and private landowners of America, the black-footed ferrets returns to the lovely planet. Only few years back, this beauty was deemed to be globally extinct. The black-footed ferret is a member of the weasel family (mustelids). It has a long neck and black markings on its face, the tip of its tail and on its feet. It is very quick and agile and is most active at night (nocturnal). This ferret usually depend upon prairie dogs, and occasionally eat mice and other small animals.
Black-footed ferrets are long, slender animals. The average size is 18 to 24 inches long including a 5 to 6 inch tail, and 1½ to 2½ pounds in weight. Males tend to be slightly larger than females. With the exception of breeding season and females caring for their kits, black-footed ferrets are solitary animals. Black-footed ferrets have a variety of vocalizations, including chatters, chuckles, barks, and hisses.
Habitat loss is the main contributor to the severe decline of the population of the black-footed ferrets. However this beauty is also susceptible to a number of infectious diseases including influenza, numerous intestinal parasites and tularemia. The two diseases of greatest concern to the captive and reintroduced populations are sylvatic plague and canine distemper. These diseases have been attributed to the decline and extinction of wild ferret populations.