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Featured Animal: Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Meet our featured animal, the black-tailed prairie dog!

Prairie dog looking

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.

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