A Rare Sight

Last year, the Louisville Zoo was proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center. Now, you can finally see North America’s most endangered mammal back on exhibit. Black-footed ferret Rigatoni is ready to make your acquaintance in the MetaZoo Discovery Center. Rigatoni is 5 years old and hails from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Rigatoni’s new MetaZoo habitat includes a nest box (like those in the Conservation Center) which connects to his exhibit via a system of tubes. This nest box is only visible on the keeper side but allows him an alternative space to rest in the evening. Rigatoni, like all black-footed ferrets, enjoys sleeping during the day, sometimes burrowing into the hay in his exhibit. When he’s awake, you can see him playing and exploring his new habitat.