IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern
Numbers decreasing

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


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


The total Black-tailed prairie dog population size is around 18,420,000 individuals, but their numbers today are decreasing.


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

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.

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.

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

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