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ICT 10I2: Endangered Species Project Paper

THE BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

Student: Nguyen Nguyet Anh
Student ID: 03
Teacher: Jeremy Fellows
Due Date: Friday, November 30th, 2012
Word count: 1149

Contents
ESP PART C PROJECT PAPER
SECTION 1: DESCRIPTION2
SECTION 2: CLASSIFICATION2
SECTION 3: HABITAT4
SECTION 4: NUTRITION5
SECTION 5: REPRODUCTION6
SECTION 6: ROLE IN THE ECOSYSTEM7
SECTION 7: THREATS AND SOLUTIONS8
Works Cited: 8
ESP PART A RESEARCH
SECTION 1: DESCRIPTION10
SECTION 2: CLASSIFICATION2
SECTION 3: HABITAT3
SECTION 4: NUTRITION4
SECTION 5: REPRODUCTION5
SECTION 6: ROLE IN THE ECOSYSTEM6
SECTION 7: THREATS AND SOLUTIONS7
ESP PART B KEYPOINTS
SECTION 1: DESCRIPTION1
SECTION 2: CLASSIFICATION1
SECTION 3: HABITAT2
SECTION 4: NUTRITION3
SECTION 5: REPRODUCTION4
SECTION 6: ROLE IN THE ECOSYSTEM5
SECTION 7: THREATS AND SOLUTIONS6

ESP PART C: THE BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

SECTION 1: DESCRIPTION
Black-footed ferret is a kind of mammal which basically has the size of a mink with the length of 38cm to 50cm from its head to its body (National geographic, Wikipedia). Males are usually larger than females (Blackfootedferret). This special animal are made for crawling and digging holes with its short, sleek fur, short legs and long front claws for digging (Blackfootedferret). Apart from that, the name “black-footed ferret” has its reason, the animal have black markings at certain parts of their body which are their feet, legs, tail and especially their “stick-em-up” mask (National geographic). Also, black-footed ferrets have rounded ear and black-tipped tail which usually 11cm to 13cm long (National geographic). Their life span in the wild will be 1 to 3 years long and 4 to 6 years long in captivity (Blackfootedferret). SECTION 2: CLASSIFICATION

Common name| * Black-footed ferret * Black-eyed ferret| Kingdom| Animalia|
Phylum| Chordata|
Class| Mammalia|
Order| Carnivora|
Family| Mustelidae|
Genus| Mustela|
Other related organism| * Mink * Badger * Marten * Fisher * Stoat * Polecat * Wolverine * Domestic ferret| Scientific name| * Mustela nipgripes|

Mustelidea family

(Black-footed ferret; Klappenbach; Animal info)
SECTION 3: HABITAT
Nowadays, black-footed ferrets are mostly found in abandoned burrows of prairie dogs in the grassland prairie of the US, southern Canada and northern Mexico (Klappenbach). So, their habitats are short grass and mid-grass prairies (Klappenbach). In the history, when this kind of animal wasn’t extinct, they are found in variety locations like: Short-grass prairie, Mixed-grass prairie, Desert grassland, Shrub steppe, Sagebrush steppe, Mountain grassland, Semi-arid grassland (Black-footed ferret). Later, they extended from southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan to Texas, New Mexico and Arizona (Black-footed ferret). Since the species is almost extinct in the 1918’s, lots of researchers had tried to find them. Nelson- one of the black-footed ferret researchers- had said: "Like others of the weasel tribe, (the black-footed ferret) must have a wandering disposition, since one was captured at 9800' (3000 m) altitude, and another was found drowned at 10,250' (3125 m) in Lake Moraine, Colorado (USA)” (Animal info)

SECTION 4: NUTRITION
Black-eyed ferrets store food in their home to minimize aboveground exposure to predators. After slithering down the prey’s tunnels, they quickly kill their preys with a quick bite on the neck. The animal obtains water through the consumption of their prey which depends on the geographic location they’re in:

Geographic location| Prey|
* Western Colorado * Utah * Montana| White-tailed prairie dogs (when the white-tailed prairie dogs enter their four-month hibernation cycle, black-footed ferrets are forced to find other food in difficulty)| Wyoming| Voles and mice|

South Dakota| Black-tailed prairie dogsPlains pocket...
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