Animal Kingdom Animals

Black-tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys ludovicianus


The Black-tailed prairie dog is found in the native grasslands of North America

Diet in the wild

Grasses, leaves, stalks and plant material

Diet at the Zoo

Hay, grains and vegetables

Fascinating Facts

  • Live in large groups or colonies
  • Construct and live in massive burrows and tunnels
  • Colonies are subdivided by neighborhoods and family units
  • Different calls identify different predators
  • Recognize and greet each other by touching teeth