Meet our featured animal, the black-tailed prairie dog!
Here are five facts about black-tailed prairie dogs:
- Prairie dogs live in small, close-knit families called coteries.
- Groups of neighboring coteries form a prairie dog colony.
- Prairie dogs communicate with each other through barking. They can describe a predator by varying the frequency and pitch of their barks.
- Prairie dogs perform jump-yip calls, in which they stand on the mound, throw their head back, and let out a high-pitched bark, sometimes evening toppling onto their backs due to the exertion.
- Although they once numbered in the hundreds of millions, prairie dog populations are now estimated at around 10-20 million.