A Conservation Conversation: Black Footed Ferrets on TokBox

Last Friday was Endangered Species Day and to mark the occasion, the US Fish and Wildlife Service hosted a live TokBox Broadcast Video chat between Black Footed Ferret experts and 4th graders from a dozen schools across the US.

Black Footed Ferrets were classified as endangered in 1967 and in 1985 the remaining 18 ferrets were captured in an effort to preserve the population, breed and later reintroduce them in to the wild.

Today, there are about 290 ferrets in captivity and 800-1000 in the wild.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service wanted to take this success story to children across the US and teach them the importance of conservation projects like this and chose to do it using TokBox.

With one expert “in the field”, another at the breeding facility and one in the classroom, the children were able to learn all about Black Footed Ferrets, see both the full grown ferrets and their kits as well as interact with the experts.

It was great to see Broadcast Video Chat being used for the purpose which it was designed – getting a large group of people together to interact face-to-face.  We look forward to seeing more of these in the future and being able to share stories, like that of the Black Footed Ferret with you all.

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