Saving the Endangered Black-footed Ferret
Continuing efforts to maintain the endangered animals through artificial insemination
There have been many efforts over the past 30 years to save the black-footed ferret, but the latest research has given scientists a little more hope. One is Dr. Rachel Santymire, the Director of the Davee Center for Endocrinology and Epidemiology at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
She and her team have found success by artificially inseminating ferrets with long-stored frozen sperm. Recently, eight kits were born using sperm that had been frozen as much as 20 years ago, which is significant because it increases the genetic diversity of the species. It is hoped that this process could be applied to other endangered species.