Photo of the Day: The Road to Recovery

Black-footed ferret mother and kits, USFWS National Conservation Center

Once believed to be extinct, black-footed ferrets are slowly recovering with the help of captive breeding programs. This photo of a mother and her four kits was taken in a "preconditioning pen" at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Center in Colorado where captive bred ferrets learn to survive in their natural habitat before being released into the wild at reintroduction sites. Photo by Mike Lockhart.

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Photo Contest BadgeThis Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more photos or sign up for the 42nd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.


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