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Black - Tailed Prairie Dog

Scientific name: Cynomys ludovicianus


Prairie Dogs are small mammals and members of the rodent family. They live in large family groups in underground burrows. Group members will great each other with a 'kiss' or 'nuzzle'. During the day, they feed on grass, roots and seeds above ground and at night they sleep inside the safety of their burrows. They communicate with each other with loud cries and will use warning calls to let the group know when danger is near.


Least Concern (Inc. Bar)
  1. Here at Noah's Ark...

    We have 21 Black - Tailed Prairie Dogs.

  2. We live...

    On the hill next to the Skunk enclosure, in front of the Bison paddock.

  1. Size Fact

    Adults can weigh between 0.68 to 1.36 kg.

  2. Food Fact

    More than 70% of their diet is made up of grasses.

  3. Fun Fact

    A group of Prairie Dogs is called a town.

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