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Timbavati Wildlife Park’s Prairie Dog Encounter

By Chris Taylor Monday, September 9, 2019

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. September has been very comfortable so far, the mild temperatures are awesome for a great walk in the park. When you visit Timbavati Wildlife Park you’ll no doubt be able to see our brand new Prairie Dog Encounter. It’s at the very front of our Interaction Area. Today we will take a look at our new little fuzzy friend the prairie dog.

There is a common misconception that prairie dogs are apart of the canine family. They are actually a rodent, think really big squirrel. They were called dogs because of the little barking noises they make. Prairie dogs come from the Great Plains in the United States and can withstand everything from a Midwest winter to a Texas heatwave. That’s built to last.

A Prairie Dog Family Is Called A Coterie Or A Clan

As you can see from this week’s prairie dog video, they are expert tunnel makers. They burrow as a way of life. Prairie dogs also live in “towns.” A prairie dog town is an underground colony. They can have upwards of 10,000 dogs in it. These colonies are very elaborate; like a labyrinth if you will. A prairie dog family is called a coterie or a clan.

Prairie dogs are one big family. Each colony will post a lookout which you will also be able to see in this week’s video. This lookout will bark to alert the rest of the group if something is out of place. They also clear tall plants from their burrows so that they can see predators approaching.

Timbavati Wildlife Park is home to a variety of animals and the prairie dog has been an awesome addition to our 2019 lineup. We’re open 7 days a week! Visit our website for more animal facts and fun. Thanks and we’ll see you all in the park.

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