Hole up with a Black-tailed Prairie Dog Today!

The Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail is home to a coterie of black-tailed prairie dogs. These social animals have a complex communication system and dig more elaborate burrows than any other rodent. Prairie dogs help keep prairie ecosystems healthy by aerating the soil and moving new soil to the surface.

Loss of prairie habitat to agriculture and other human encroachment has caused a drastic decline in the numbers of prairie dogs. This population decline has had a devastating effect on the North American black-footed ferret, which preys almost totally on prairie dogs and lives in their abandoned burrows. Unable to adapt to a different lifestyle, the black-footed ferret has become North America’s most endangered mammal.

Your gift to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation will help us provide the resources necessary for the Zoo to maintain the best possible care for all of our amazing animals, while also continuing our conservation efforts here at home and around the world.

Your sponsorship includes:

  • TWO 3” plush prairie dogs OR Peeking Prairie Dogs by Christine Zuchora-Walske. Written for ages 5-7 but with adorable color photographs and interesting facts that will be appreciated by all ages, this nonfiction book is a great introduction for young naturalists and animal lovers. (You will be sent the plush unless you indicate otherwise).
  • An animal sponsorship certificate.
  • A prairie dog trading card with a photo and fun facts.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference at the Minnesota Zoo!

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For more information, contact Michele.Smith at [email protected], 952.431.9342, or toll free at 800.366.7811 x342. Thank you for your interest in supporting the Minnesota Zoo Foundation!