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Phoenix Zoo gives names to 4 newborn ferret kits after online contest

Aug 20, 2022, 11:00 AM | Updated: 11:23 am

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo gave names to four of its new 21 endangered black-footed ferret kits through voting from Valley residents online.

With over 2,100 votes, the names selected in a landslide were Maple, Acacia, Cedar and Willow, according to a press release.

The Phoenix Zoo is one of six zoos worldwide that breeds black-footed ferrets, one of the most endangered North American species, that ultimately get released back into the wild.

“We are thrilled to have another successful black-footed ferret breeding season and excited for these little kits to grow up and contribute to the recovery of their species,” Director of Conservation and Science at the Phoenix Zoo. Dr. Tara Harris said.

The zoo has produced over 500 black-footed ferrets in the 30 years that it has been breeding the animals. In 2021, 13 ferrets were released back into the wild in Colorado.

The kits live in specially designed den boxes with their mothers, according to the release,

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