Take a behind the scenes look at the Phoenix Zoo's ferret breeding compound
Phoenix Zoo's Breeding Compound
The primary breeding compound is set away from other animals, and access to the facility is restricted to protect the ferrets from possible disease transmission.
The black-footed ferret breeding center can house over 30 ferrets. It is also equipped with a lab a prep room and a laundry room.
The black-footed ferret breeding center is equipped with a lab so that our breeding center staff can evaluate reproductive readiness of the female ferrets.
Breeding center staff must wear masks and dedicated clothing for working inside the building. These precautions are necessary to protect ferrets from colds and flu viruses that they can catch from humans.
Behavioral enrichment is an important daily part of caring for black-footed ferrets.