The Detroit Zoo Black Tailed Prairie Dog
The black-tailed prairie dog habitat is one of the most popular immersive experiences at the Detroit Zoo. Kids can get nose-to-nose with the 75 residents inside viewing bubbles placed within the habitat. The prairie dogs can be found east of the bison.
The black-tailed prairie dog has small ears, short legs and sharp claws. As its name suggests, its tail is black. Its fur is mainly brown with some grey mixed in.
Scientific name: Cynomys ludovicianus
Continent: North America
Habitat: Open, arid short-grass plains
Size: 14-16 inches long
Weight: 1-3 pounds
Diet: The black-tailed prairie dog is an herbivore and eats grasses and roots.
Lifespan: Four years in the wild; eight years in captivity
Conservation Status: Least concern
Reproduction: Gestation 38 days; one to six pups