Protecting endangered species may seem like something that happens only in exotic locations, but the fight to save species is even going on in our own backyards. On Thursday, June 23 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff will present a City sponsored ?Green? Bag Lunch-n-Learn on local wildlife preservation. They?ll cover what individuals and communities can do to provide habitat for the continued existence of native wildlife species. In addition, they?ll cover their own efforts to save indigenous endangered species, such as the black-footed ferret recovery program. The lunch-n-learn includes a visit from an animal ambassador, a live black-footed ferret.
The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. This month the event will be held in the standard location, at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners.
The only ferret native to North America, the black-footed ferret once thrived across grass prairies from Canada to Mexico. Yet, today it is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. Black-footed ferrets came to the brink of extinction in the mid 1980s when only eighteen animals remained. The main cause of their decline was the loss of habitat, disease and extermination of prairie dogs, the ferrets' primary food source. To restore the native ferret population to North America's Great Plains, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is partnering with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in an aggressive captive breeding and reintroduction program that is making progress toward recovering the native ferret population.
Each month, the City Green Team sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on environmental issues. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or firstname.lastname@example.org.