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Wildlife Nation  >  Episode 19

Join host Jeff Corwin on an epic adventure across the Great Plains of the United States on a mission to understand the connection between the incredible species that call it home. First, Jeff travels to the Canadian border to help Native American tribes re-establish bison across tribal lands. Jeff learns how ancient bison herds once shaped the Great Plains and how modern conservationists are fighting to bring those herds back. Later, Jeff works with biologists to manage a delicate population of black-footed ferrets, a species once believed to be extinct. Jeff discovers how wild bison play a vital role in ferret survival and the survival of the Great Plains themselves.

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Black-footed ferret poking out of a hole
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Kimberly Fraser/USFWS

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Behind the Scenes

New Bison and Swift Fox Births Mark Crucial Milestone in Habitat

Bison and swift foxes once thrived throughout the Great Plains, but their populations crashed after widespread poisoning. As keystone and indicator species the success of these two species is crucial to the grassland ecosystem. Read more about the exciting news of new life in the Great Plains!  

Defending Wildlife Across the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

Collaboration, community involvement, and coexisting with wildlife brought major successes to the Defenders’ Rockies and Plains program in 2020! Learn more about all the projects that help restore and protect the imperiled wildlife of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

 

Burrowing into the Tale of the Black-Footed Ferret

The black-footed ferret was declared extinct in 1979 but thanks a dedicated recovery program, this ferret population has been reintroduced to 29 different locations and have an estimated population of 400 individuals in the wild. Read more about the amazing success story of the black-footed ferret!

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Baby Bison with Mother
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Rich Reading/Southern Plains Land Trust

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