Saving Species One at a Time #5 Black-Footed Ferrets

FACTS Black-footed ferrets, the Masked Bandits of the Northern Great Plains, are the only known native ferret species in North America. Their large front paws and claws are well developed for digging. Since 90% of their diet consists of prairie dogs, their large skull and strong jaws are adapted for eating meat. Originally, black-footed-ferrets were found in west-central North America, from northern Mexico o southern Canada. Black-footed ferret hunting a prairie dog. Credit: Kimberly Fraser / USFWS STATUS: The black-footed ferret are listed on CITES Appendix I and classified by IUCN as Endagered. THREATS: -Prairie dogs population decline: the main food source of the black-footed ferret start

Saving Species One at a Time #4 Sumatran Orangutan

ABOUT Orangutans, whose name means “People of the forest”, are natural to the forests of the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. There are three distinct species of orangutans: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), the Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) and the the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). The Tapanuli orangutan was only officially recognized as a different species in late 2017. Sumatran Orangutans are natural to the Sumatran lowland forest. They are diurnal animals, almost exclusively arboreal and rarely ever travel on the ground. They have the longest inter-birth interval of any mammal, by giving birth once every 6-10 years, resulting in a very slow reproductive rate. STATUS I

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