Black-tailed prairie dogs are extremely vocal and have a sophisticated communication system. They have a variety of call sounds, including one that resembles a dog’s bark. Calls are used to warn others of an impending threat and spread quickly through a town in hopes of scaring off predators. Their historical range has shrunk by over 95%. Their declining population is due to habitat loss, poisoning, shooting and other impacts. Since prairie dogs are notorious for destroying their landscape by digging and eating grass, many landowners do not welcome them.

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Location: South end of the Zoo; across from bison exhibit

Arrived at EPZ: 04/22/1999