Our Animals

American Badger

Introducing Annie & Frank

These intelligent and outgoing mammals are found near our fox exhibit in Fort Bearizona. They are found in the same family as Skunks and Weasles or the mustelid family. These are distiguished because of the musk that they send off to either warn others of their presence or mark their territory. They are found primarily in North America. 

Dig! Dig! Dig!

Badgers are carnivores and usually prey on insects, prairie dogs, mice, birds, and other smaller rodents. They have long front claws and back claws that resemble a shovel, that help them dig into burrows in search of food. They are seen to dwell in underground burrows where they sleep during the day. 

Night Hunters

Badgers are nocturnal and prefer to hunt at night and sleep in their burrows during the day. Similar to a bear, theyhave been seen to not come out as often in the winter when it is colder in temperature and slow down but not necessarily hiberate, as a bear would. 

Common Name American Badger

Scientific Name Taxidea taxus

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Carnivore

Geographic Range Most of the United States as well as down into Mexico and up into British Columbia

Life Span 15 - 20 Years

Offspring 1 - 5 Cubs