Endangered black-footed ferrets released on Heartland Ranch
The Southern Plains Land Trust expanded its Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve to 43,000 acres – nearly 70 square miles – in July 2022. This allows SPLT to advance key rewilding efforts, one of which is to create a reintroduction site for the endangered black-footed ferret. On October 19, the US Fish and Wildlife Service released 30 black-footed ferrets onto Heartland Ranch. These highly specialized small carnivores need large prairie dog populations to survive. They’ll find just that on Heartland Ranch, where all native wildlife is protected.
Click any image to enlarge.
Did you miss Rewilding Earth Podcast Episode 15: Nicole Rosmarino on Rewilding The American Serengeti? Listen below!
Nicole Rosmarino, Ph.D. helped found the Southern Plains Land Trust and is currently its Executive Director. She served as the caretaker for SPLT-protected land from 1999-2002, during which time she monitored for trespass and to record flora and fauna observed several times per week, while residing in Pritchett, Colorado. She now resides in Centennial, CO. Nicole received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2002. Her Ph.D. is in policy science/political science, and her academic focus was on biodiversity preservation. She has been actively involved in efforts to protect prairie wildlife since 1994.