Wildlife Conservation Around the Globe—Begins at Home!

The Phoenix Zoo Helps Native Ferrets Avoid Extinction

Ferret in Hole

Efforts to exterminate prairie dogs throughout the West nearly led to the extinction of black-footed ferrets, the only ferrets native to North America. Now a handful of zoos, including The Phoenix Zoo, are helping this weasel-like predator make a comeback in Arizona and

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Veterans Day is a day that we celebrate to honor those who have served in our military. 


Deborah Sanders, first-grade teacher at Arizona Desert Elementary is a veteran. Sanders is a retired military officer who served in the Air Force for 21 years. Sanders retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel.


“My career began in the military during myfreshman year of college. I joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at my school. I stayed in ROTC for four years and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant when I

graduated,” says Sanders.