Black-tailed Prairie Dogs

In August 2020 we welcomed a new herd of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs to the Park. They are an important species that benefit 150 other species as they are a food source for many and a lot of other species use their burrows as homes.

Habitat: They come from the grasslands of central and western North America.

Population: According to the IUCN Red List, the total Black-tailed prairie dog population size is around 18,420,000 individuals. Currently this species is classified as Least Concern (LC), but their numbers today are decreasing.

Lifespan: Black-tailed Prairie Dogs can live between 3 and 5 years.

Diet: They mainly feed on grasses, sedges, roots, flowering plants and seeds.

Behaviour: They have a complex communication system which includes a variety of pitched warning barks.

The Park is now closed. Please keep an eye on our website news section and via our social media sites for updates on the animals during lockdown and through the winter.