Scientists Successfully Clone an Endangered Black-Footed Ferret

Elizabeth Ann is the first animal from an endangered species to be cloned in the US.(Reuters: USFWS National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Centre)

“Scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret using frozen cells from a long-dead wild animal, the first time any native endangered species has been cloned in the United States.” Black-footed ferret recovery aims to increase genetic diversity and disease resistance. December 10, 2020 was the birth of Elizabeth Ann who was created from the cells of Willa, a black-footed ferret that died in 1988. 

They were on the verge of extinction in 1981. “Novak says Elizabeth Ann is the product of more than 200 people’s labour, including employees at his company, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, private pet cloning company ViaGen Pets & Equine, San Diego Zoo Global and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”

Works Cited

News. “Black-Footed Ferret Cloned from the Cells of Another That Lived More than 30 Years Ago – ABC News.” ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), ABC News, 19 Feb. 2021, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-20/first-cloned-endangered-black-footed-ferret-made-in-us/13174872.

“‘She’s Just Perfect,’ Says Scientist Who Helped Clone an Endangered Ferret | CBC Radio.” CBC, 19 Feb. 2021, https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-friday-edition-1.5920477/she-s-just-perfect-says-scientist-who-helped-clone-an-endangered-ferret-1.5921017