Prairie Dog

Meet Simon

Simon is our oldest remaining prairie dog. He is living out a peaceful retirement in the mineshaft!

Animal Details

Common Name
Prairie Dog
Scientific Name
Cynomys
Type
Mammal
Status
Least Concern
Diet
Herbivore
Life Span
3 - 4 Years

Meet The Animal

Prairie Dogs are found all over North America in large plains and grasslands where they have entire communities underground. They each have their own way of communicating with each other, especially when there are predators around.

Their Behavior

Prairie dogs live in large groups underground. They communicate with loud, high-pitched calls to each other. For example, they send out a warning cry that will send their community to their holes when they spot a predator approaching. Once the predator is gone, they will send out another call that would tell them they are safe.

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